Cotton fraternity for speedy probe into Bhagawan Goswami’s death


GUWAHATI: The Cotton College fraternity on Friday took out a rally from the college premises here demanding that the state home departmentfast track the probe into the death of Bhagawan Goswami, a senior faculty member of the college, whose body was found near the bank of the Brahmaputra in the city on Monday.

Teachers, non-teaching staff and students of the college expressed concern over the delay in the probe as police are yet to unearth the reasons behind Goswami’s death.

Locals found Goswami’s body near the bank of the Brahmaputra behind the old premises of the deputy commissioner’s office at Panbazar in the city on Monday. Goswami had been missing for 10 days before his body was found. “Bhagawan Goswami’s death remains a mystery though several days have passed since the recovery of his body. We appeal to the state home department to expedite the investigation into the case. We want to know whether he was killed by someone, committed suicide or died due to some other reason,” said Nirada Devi, principal of Cotton College.

She urged police to ensure security of teachers of the college as the fraternity is worried after the death of two teachers in the last four years.

“Another teacher of our college, Bibha Devi, was found strangled in her quarters at the Cotton College Professors’ Colony a few years ago. We appeal to the police to take serious steps to provide security to the Cotton College family,” the principal said.

Saranga Ranjan Patgiri, president of the Cotton College Teachers’ Association (CCTA), said he knew Goswami for the last several years and it seemed highly unlikely to him that Goswami would commit suicide. “He was a very stable person and had the courage to handle crisis situations. A person like Goswami can’t commit suicide,” Patgiri said.

He said some of Goswami’s family members were also well known to the faculty members of the college and that he (Goswami) had a good relationship with all his family members.

India Times