MARIANI: Sensation prevailed in Upper Assam's Mariani after the recovery of a bullet-riddled body in a wood at a contested area along the Assam-Nagaland border on Saturday. A handmade gun was recovered near the corpse.
The deceased, identified as Uttam Phul Mali (15), was found dead in the Nagajanka tea estate, which is not too far from the contested land areas between Assam and Nagaland. The deceased, son of a tea garden worker, Anil Phulmali, was a resident of the Nagajanka tea estate labour line.
The boy had left his house at about 2 pm on Saturday to go to the market. His family alerted the locals when he failed to return and a search was conducted.
The corpse was discovered in the woods at around 8 pm by the people who immediately informed the police at Mariani Police station.
The body was sent to the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) for post-mortem.
"After being informed that the boy was missing, police conducted a search and a close inspection revealed that he had been shot from behind. Parents informed that he had gone out for shopping. The day after, we recovered a handmade gun near the site. Foul play cannot be ruled out," a police official told media.
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