The CID said after its probe that the deceased was not dacoit Kenaram Boro alias Kenaram Basumatary but one Dimbeswar Muchahary who, according to his family, was a small-time farmer. But the police claimed Dimbeswar, 40, also had criminal records.
In the February 24 encounter in Udalguri, cops claimed two persons had fired at them. In retaliatory action, one of the alleged “dacoits” was killed while his accomplice managed to escape.
The police later claimed Kenaram was killed in the encounter and his “body” was handed over to his family after identification by his mother , following which the family carried out the burial rites.
A day later, another family claimed the dead man was Dimbeswar, not Kenaram.
The DNA analysis revealed the goof-up.
Soon after the confusion, the CM said the police had to shoot in retaliation to firing from the two persons. But he hinted at the possibility of a mistake by the authorities who conducted the inquest.
A day later, a second family from another district, Baksa, approached the Udalguri SP and claimed the dead man was Dimbeswar, not Kenaram.
That is when the confusion erupted. The CID exhumed the body and the DNA analysis revealed the goof-up.
“The inquiry conducted by CID revealed that the body is that of Dimbeswar Machahary, son of late Guniram Machahary of Jengrengpara village under Gobardhana PS of Baska district. Accordingly, the body has been handed over to the family members of the deceased after following formalities,” the CID said in a statement on Saturday.
Soon after the confusion, the CM had said the police had to shoot in retaliation to firing from the two persons. But he hinted at the possibility of a mistake by the authorities who conducted the inquest.