Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh police on Thursday arrested a 35-year-old man for allegedly killing his friend in an inebriated state at Barapani in Naharlagun near here.

The deceased — Debraj Singh alias Salamuddin (50) — and the accused, Koj Sambiyo, a native of Dutta Village in Lower Subansiri district, were friends, the police said.

Naharlagun SDPO Dekio Gumja said that the police received information on the incident at around 11.45 pm on Wednesday and accordingly a team led by sub-inspector S S Jha and Naharlagun police station officer-in charge K Yangfo rushed to the spot.

“Upon entering the room, we found the deceased lying half naked in a pool of blood and water on the floor. There were two cut marks, one on the neck which probably was the reason for his death, and the other on the stomach,” Gumja said, while adding that the guts lying on the floor were tied up with a thread.

The SDPO said it seemed that the accused wanted to dispose of the body by chopping it into pieces but was overwhelmed later and left the thought.

Sambiyo, who was hiding in a jungle nearby and was trying to flee, was later arrested and the weapon (machete) used in the crime was also recovered by the police.

“During preliminary investigation it was found that the accused had called the deceased for drinks which later led to the murder. There might be a romantic angle that led to the murder which is yet to be ascertained. None of the neighbours heard the duo arguing in the night after getting drunk,” the SDPO said.

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Gumja said the deceased who was working at a local coaching institute here is a native of Orissa but he later changed his name and religion after getting married to a Muslim woman. He shifted to Laluk in Assam after his marriage.

The body of the deceased has been handed over to family members after a post-mortem and a case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered against Sambiyo who is currently in police custody.

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