The accused, identified as Babu Gowala, jumped into a pond in an attempt to escape.
According to sources, a black pulsar bike belonging to Putul Das was stolen in Gaurisagar on Tuesday.
Based on CCTV footage, the police arrested Babu and then while interrogation he jumped into the pond near the police station to flee, the police informed.
Babu was immediately rushed to Sivasagar Civil Hospital in critical condition however, he was declared dead by the doctor.
Wife of Babu said, “Yesterday evening the police came to our house and starting banging our door calling my husband. They broke our door and entered. We mistook them to be child lifters so we tried to hide taking our children with us. They said they will only interrogate regarding the stolen bike and will leave my husband the next day if nothing is found.”
“After this my husband agreed to go with them. But how within the same night he died? They took him to the hospital but didn’t inform us about the incident. They informed us in the morning after he was declared dead.”
Following the dead of the accused, the locals gathered around the police station and demanded investigation into the matter.
Police were deployed in the area to control the situation.
The in-charge of the police station Satyajit Borthakur was suspended with immediate effect.
The police have launched a probe into the matter under senior officers.