Assam blast suspects to undergo narco testNovember 21st, 2008 - 2:12 pm ICT by IANS
Guwahati, Nov 21 (IANS) The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the serial explosions in Assam is likely to carry out narco analysis tests on two blast suspects, officials said Friday. A police spokesman said the two blasts suspects on whom the narco tests are expected to be carried out on are Bimal Mushahary and Phungkha Brahma, both members of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).
“We would be undertaking narco tests on the two accused, although there are certain legal formalities to be completed,” a senior police official told IANS requesting anonymity.
The serial explosions Oct 30 in Assam killed 90 people and wounded more than 300.
The Assam government earlier this month formally blamed the NDFB for the terror strikes and said it they were carried out in collaboration with the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).
According to the SIT, Bimal Mushahary is a prime suspect in the blast at Guwahati’s Ganeshguri area. Mushahary, hailing from Barama in Baksa district of western Asasm, is now in police remand.
“Mushahary is an explosives expert and supplied explosives for the Ganeshguri blasts. In his confessional statement before police, he revealed plans by the NDFB to assassinate two top political leaders of Assam after executing the serial bombings in the state,” the official said.
The other prime suspect Phungkha Brahma is now in judicial remand after serving 12 days in police custody.
Police said that all the three Maruti cars used as car-bombs in Guwahati were in possession of Brahma the day before the serial blasts. Police sources said interrogations of the arrested revealed that Brahma was involved in the movement of the cars and providing logistics to the perpetrators of the terror attacks.
“We shall have to carry out the narco tests outside Assam as we don’t have the facilities available here,” the official said.
Meanwhile, another blast suspect Ranjit Ramchiary, arrested in connection with the explosion at Barpeta Road Oct 30, has agreed to become a government approver.
Ramchiary’s motorcycle was used in the blast although he claimed it was forcibly taken away by some NDFB militants.
At least a dozen arrests have been made by the SIT.
The NDFB earlier denied involvement in the explosions.