The bungalow originally belonging to the Central Inland Water Transport Corporation of India was the scene of a crime in the year 1970. Justice Upendra Nath Rajkhowa, who was the then District and Sessions Judge of Goalpara district, murdered his wife and three daughters in his official bungalow. According to official records, Rajkhowa had initially come to Dhubri alone and stayed in the Circuit House. Thereafter, he shifted to the official residence with wife, Putuli, and three daughters.
Gauhati High Court sentenced Rajkhowa to death for the gruesome murders in the year 1974. Later, he had filed a mercy petition before the President which was turned down. He was finally hanged to death. Many books have been written and films have been made on Rajkhowa’s crime, including one in Assamese, ‘Paap aru Prayaschit’.
After the murders, the site where the bungalow is located came to be known as ‘bhoot (ghost) bungalow’ among the people of Dhubri district. People considered the bungalow extremely inauspicious and most were uncomfortable about entering the premises, especially after sunset.
Now, the same bungalow is set to be demolished in order to make way for a five-storied building that will be used as a court for Dhubri district. Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Ajit Singh laid the foundation stone and inaugurated the construction work recently.
According to a report on The Assam Tribune, Justice AM Bujorbarua, Portfolio Judge, Dhubri district said that the new building will house 20 court rooms with designated rooms for the Dhubri Bar Association (DBA) along with a pharmacy, dispensary, library etc. A fund of Rs 43 crore has been allotted for the purpose.