The bodies of an intelligence bureau (IB) officer hailing from Sasaram district in Bihar and a trader were recovered from a village in Meghalaya on Saturday, almost a month after the two men were abducted.
Assistant intelligence officer Bikash Kumar Singh was posted at Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district headquarters Baghmara while the businessman Kamal Saha was a cloth trader. Two armed men had taken them inside a reserve forest after ambushing the shared SUV they were travelling in on September 24.
Meghalaya director general of police Rajiv Mehta said members of militant outfit A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok killed Singh and Saha after abducting and taking them to Bolchugre village close to the Bangladesh border. The village is 450km from state capital Shillong and 18 km from Baghmara.
But an unknown outfit named Bangladesh Tiger Force claimed it killed the duo to avenge the atrocities on Bangladeshi nationals along the border.
“The bodies were moderately decomposed and had some wounds. Whether they are gunshot wounds would be clear from the autopsy report expected in a day or two,” district superintendent of police Lakador Syiem told HT.
The bodies, exhumed on Saturday night, were buried in a sitting position 2km north of Bolchugre village.
The Meghalaya police had reports that Singh and Saha had been killed soon after their abduction. But confusion reigned when intelligence inputs said they had been taken across to Bangladesh. The condition in which the bodies were recovered indicated the two were killed after some time in captivity.
Social organisations in Meghalaya, meanwhile, have demanded a probe by National Investigation Agency (NIA) into Singh’s abduction and murder.
“The NIA has to track down if the phone of this officer was tapped, as the politician-bureaucrat-militant nexus encouraging extortion in those parts knows how to do away with intelligence that threatens to expose it,” Agnes Kharshiing of the Civil Society Women’s Organisation, an NGO, said.