‘Never been so ashamed’: Himanta Sarma after man threatened by mafia kills self

After a young businessman committed suicide in Dibrugarh after receiving threats from the mafia, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he had never felt so ashamed.

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma interacts with the family of the deceased (Photo: Twitter |@himantabiswa)

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday visited the family of a Dibrugarh man who allegedly died by suicide after receiving constant threats from the mafia and apologised for the failure of the local administration.

The chief minister told the victim’s family that he was “really ashamed” that the mafia dared to come there despite the police presence.

“I’ve never been more ashamed in my life that such an incident could happen when I am serving as the chief minister. It has hurt me a lot. I apologise to his parents and the people of the state,” he said.

“It was a total failure of the Dibrugarh district administration,” the Assam CM noted after visiting the house of Vineet Bagaria, a 32-year-old businessman, who died by suicide on Thursday after receiving threats from three people.

Himanta Biswa Sarma further noted that the state government’s repeated requests to the police to act as a friend of the public went unheard in this case.

“If police personnel in a place such as Dibrugarh cannot understand our appeal and act accordingly, how can we expect those posted in rural areas to even hear our words?” the Assam CM said.

Vineet Bagaria, before dying, had recorded a video before killing himself, claiming that he was threatened by three people, including the tenant of a shop owned by his family. The Bagaria family had even submitted written complaints to the Dibrugarh police station regarding the threats, but they allegedly did not get a response.

Two of those named in Bagaria’s video have already been arrested.

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