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A senior journalist associated with the city-based media group, Pratidin, died in a private hospital in Dibrugarh on Thursday morning.
He was knocked down by a vehicle near his house at Kakopathar town in Upper Assam while he was taking a walk on National Highway-15 on Wednesday evening.
Police sources said the vehicle, after hitting the journalist, Parag Bhuyan (53), sped away from the place of occurrence towards Dirak close to Kakopathar police station near the Assam-Arunachal inter-state border.
“Upon verification from some local witnesses at the place of occurrence and after checking the CCTV cameras at the police station, it was found that one Tata Xenon green tea leaf carrying vehicle might have been involved in the accident,” a statement issued by the Assam police said.
Kakopathar police, after being informed that the vehicle belonged to one person of Samaguri, Namsai under Arunachal Pradesh, they swung into action and apprehended the driver, identified to be one James Murha and helper, Baba Bordoloi and seized the vehicle bearing registration number, AS 23 BC 7881.
During interrogation at Namsai police station, the driver confessed to committing the accident due to negligence while returning after unloading the green tea leaves collected from various areas under Samaguri of Namsai in the Rezina Tea Industries at Rupai under Doomdooma police station.
The driver further admitted that he and the helper fled from the place of occurrence after committing the accident fearing assault by people.
Police said that further investigation was on in the case.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)