Another arrest in Bethukandi dyke-breach incident

Bethukandi Dyke-breach Incident: Additional arrest

SILICAR: Cachar police arrested another youth in connection to the Bethukandi dam breach that led to a major flood in Silchar. Raju Deb (26), a Bethukandi resident, was taken into police custody and then sent to Silchar police custody on Wednesday. Deb was detained on a complaint filed by Water Resources after the dyke had been breached, reportedly around May 22 at midnight.

Surprisingly the District Police remained inactive up to the time that the damage caused by the dyke led almost to the inundation the whole town during the third week. The Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma then ordered an inquiry by the CID into the episode. It was interesting that the Silchar police took action right after Sarma’s orders and the first arrest occurred the day following. Three more people had been arrested in Silchar by the district police before they arrived with their CID team. One of them was a contractor from Water Resources. During his visit to Silchar the Chief Minister Sarma said that names of six people could not be determined. Raju Deb, the fifth suspect in Bethukandi’s case was arrested.

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