Assam: Two govt employees arrested for ‘plot to kill Himanta Biswa Sarma

The accused, Fakruddin Ali and Pawan Ali, both fourth grade employees in the state health department, had allegedly sent SMSes to several former Congress ministers seeking Rs 5 crore to murder Sarma.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2017 18:34 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times, Guwahati
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File photo of Himanta Biswa Sarma after winning in the assembly elections in Guwahati. (PTI)

Assam Police have arrested two persons for allegedly planning to murder Himanta Biswa Sarma, an influential minister in the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government in the state.

Fakruddin Ali and Pawan Ali, both fourth grade employees in the state health department, had allegedly sent SMSes to several former Congress ministers seeking Rs 5 crore to murder the minister.

Sarma, who holds finance, tourism, education and health portfolios, was a minister in the previous Congress regime led by Tarun Gogoi before he joined the saffron party in 2015.

“Based on information from reliable source, we nabbed the duo and seized a mobile phone from which they had sent four similar SMSes to different persons seeking money to kill Sarma,” Nabaneet Mahanta, additional superintendent of police Kamrup (Rural) told HT.

The SMSes were allegedly sent to mobile phones registered in the names of former chief minister Tarun Gogoi, former minister Rockybul Hussain and Congress leader Dulu Ahmed.

“The accused have told us that the fourth number belonged to state Congress chief Ripun Bora, but that is yet to be verified,” said Mahanta.

Both accused were arrested on Tuesday and were remanded to two days police custody. They were produced in a local court on Friday, which remanded them to 14 days of judicial custody.

“I got an objectionable message a few days back while I was in Delhi. I immediately talked to the Assam Police DGP about it and forwarded the SMS to him. Based on my intimation, the police conducted investigations and arrested the two people,” former minister Rockybul Hussain told HT.

State Congress president Ripun Bora didn’t respond to calls.

Police have registered a case against the accused under various sections of IPC for attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy, criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication etc. and are conducting further investigations .

First Published: Dec 08, 2017 17:46 IST