Meghalaya: Garobadha dacoity case sees no breakthrough as yet, one still critical

TURA, March 19: The brutal dacoity case in the month of January this year seems to be a hard nut to crack for law enforcement officials, while Tapan Ghosh, who was hit on his head and left in a critical state, is yet to recover from the injuries sustained during the sordid beatings at the hands of the criminals.

The sensational case came into focus mainly due to inaction by the police despite villagers rushing to the Garobadha Investigation Centre to inform the police about the incident. The late response by the police, which took about 90 minutes to cover a distance of about 200 metres from the spot of the incident.

The case was later handed over to a DSP though there has been no update on the outcome of the police investigation. The family however has continued to struggle to keep themselves alive.

“We have already spent over Rs 18 lakhs in trying to get everyone in shape but my father is still critical and doctors have more or less given up on him. We had to move him out of hospital as we were unable to continue keeping him there due to a lack of money. We have moved him to a relative’s place in Assam,” said eldest son, Taposh Ghosh.

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The injured had been moved quickly to Guwahati for treatment with Tapan Ghosh being kept in ICU with two operations being performed on him without much hope of recovery.

A section of the Ghosh family has already returned after being discharged though Taposh and his family is still on tenterhooks due to the condition of his father.

“Till about a day ago he was able to respond to our voices though he has stopped responding since last evening. We are just counting time before something happens,” added Taposh.

Numbering about 20 dacoits on January 23 who were suspected to be from neighbouring Assam, attacked the house of Tapan Ghosh at about 12:30 am looting everything they could lay their hands on while also seriously injuring 5 members of the family. The five critical victims were Tapan Ghosh (55) his wife Geetarani Ghosh (49) and sons Taposh Ghosh (30) and Rajesh Ghosh (28) and their aunt Suchitra Ghosh (32). Tapan Ghosh was the most critical of the lot with severe head injuries.

The criminal act was condemned by all sections with both the National People’s Party (NPP) as well as the United Democratic Party (UDP) paying a visit to the spot of the incident as well as demanding compensation for the family. Local NGOs of Garobadha too have sought for a complete investigation into the incident while also asking for compensation to be paid. All of them also questioned the role of the police and its delay in acting on the complaint.

(TNT News)

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