Sushanta Roy is a journalist in the north eastern states of Assam and Meghalaya, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora, and the things that affect them.

Diphu July 4: Chief suspect in the Ajit Das abduction case, Kanwaldeep Singh Sidhu, was killed in a police shootout yesterday night. Personnel of Dillai police station, Bokajan claimed that Kanwaldeep attempted to grasp a 9mm service pistol from one of the officers on duty and flee from the Bolero jeep in which he was being brought to the police station from Bokajan. Earlier he was arrested from a hideout near an old petrol pump, in the Daldali locality near the Assam-Nagaland border.

Assam police once again brought law and order to the hill district of Karbi Anglong in the Ajit Das kidnapping case, resulting in the death of Kanwaldeep Singh Sidhu and ending his life of crime.

Kanwaldeep Singh Sidhu – ex Railways Protection Force

According to police, Sidhu was an ex-inspector of Railways Protection Special Force. He was suspended from service in 2013 after he was found to be associated with illegal arms and drug smuggling from Nagaland to other states of India.

“One Kanwaldeep Singh Sidhu main accused of the recent kidnapping of one Ajit Das from guwahati was apprehended today. However, during travel he snatched a police weapon and fired, in retaliatory fire he sustained serious injury and was taken to hospital,” Tweeted Assam Police Special DGP, GP Singh.

Kanwaldeep Singh Sidhu was wanted by Assam police in connection with the kidnapping of businessman Ajit Das of Guwahati; however Das and other associates of Sidhu are in police custody now.

“The incident took place near Doldoli Reserve forest in Karbi Anglong district,” said GP Singh in his tweet.

Ajit Das abduction

It is to be mentioned that, on June 23, six miscreants kidnapped businessman Ajit Das, a railway parking lessee, from his house in Guwahati. Later, Guwahati Police rescued Das from a location in Jagiroad, Morigaon district. Three people arrested in connection with the kidnapping have been identified as Forest Guard Jiten Bailung, home guard Suraj Pator and Moneswar Das, a pharmacist, Sanju Bordoloi and Satya Bordoloi. However, the raison d’ĂȘtre for the Ajit Das kidnap was not known until now.

However an official source now claims that Ajit Das is involved in drug smuggling and received a consignment of drugs worth INR 25 lakhs from a lady in Dimapur Nagaland. It is claimed that Ajit Das did not make payment to the woman smuggler who is in Diphu jail, under judicial custody.

Kanwaldeep Singh Sidhu was assigned by this lady to abduct Ajit and collect the payment from him. After the foiled attempt Sidhu was sheltered by this lady through her clout in that hideout from where he was taken into custody by Dillai police.