Sushanta Talukdar

Guwahati: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday filed a charge sheet against three persons, accused of the murder of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officer Tarun Kumar Dutta, in the Court of Special Judicial Magistrate, Guwahati, here. The three were booked under sections 120B, 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

The agency, however, did not divulge the names of the accused, including a mastermind. “The mastermind of this case, a dreaded name in the narcotic world, is presently in Guwahati jail,” said a CBI release.

The DRI officer was murdered on September 12, 2006 outside his residence in Krishna Nagar locality near Chandmari. The case was first investigated by the Chandmari police station. On December 19, 2007 it was transferred to the CBI and was investigated by its Special Crime Branch, Kolkata.

Investigation revealed that Dutta seized huge consignments of ganja smuggled by the accused on several occasions. The accused and his nephew had threatened Dutta. One week prior to his murder, he had seized another consignment.

This angered the accused who decided to kill the officer, the release said.

On the directions of the main accused, a few unknown people fired several rounds on Dutta in front of his house. He was taken to hospital but was declared brought dead. During the CBI investigation, two assailants were identified. One of them has since died.

The agency is expecting to file more charge sheets in the case once other accused persons are arrested.