Mastermind of the Batadrava arson, Ashiqul Islam has died in a car accident at Raidongia in Nagaon district of Assam on Sunday night. Speaking to the media, Nagaon Superintendent of Police, Leena Doley said that the incident took place when the accused allegedly made an attempt to escape from the police vehicle he was in, and then was hit by another police vehicle which lost control. He was then hit by the escort vehicle of the police that was coming from behind. Islam was critically injured after he was hit by the vehicle. He was then shifted to the civil hospital nearby. However, Islam was declared dead at the hospital.

SP Doley also informed that three police personnel including one Sub-Inspector, one driver and one home guard also sustained injuries during the incident. Ashiqul Islam has been identified as a hardcore dacoit who was being operating in the district for last couple of years, informed the Superintendent of police Leena Doley.

She also said, “We conducted search operations at Ashiqul Islam’s residence at Sonaibera after he had admitted that he kept arms and ammunition hidden in his house. We seized a 7.62 mm pistol, a .22 pistol, seven rounds of ammunition and the red t-shirt he was wearing during the incident. We also seized his mobile phone.”

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