60-year-old lynched on witch suspect, 19 held

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HT Correspondent

BAKALIAGHAT, Nov 18: In a horrific incident, a 60-year-old man was lynched by an irate mob suspecting him to be a witch. The incident took place at Disobai area under Bakalia Police Station in Karbi Anglong district on Saturday night.

Three other members of the same family, including a two-year old child were also injured, one of them seriously, in the incident. The injured have been shifted to hospital.

According to sources, a group of people of Lunse Timung Village dragged Socheng Teron alias Longki Teron from his house to a meeting at the house of the village headman on Saturday evening.

Immediately after Teron was brought to the house of the village headman, an irate mob tied him with a fishing net and started beating him up mercilessly using bamboo stick and other lethal weapons.

According to the family members, two persons Dhaniram Rongpi and Tom Ingti have visited the victim’s residence at Langtuk Terang village also known as Mouzadar Village and dragged him to the meeting at the house of the village headman of Lunse Timung village.

The mob branded him as the witch, suspecting him to be behind the mysterious death of two youth in the village in the last week.

The group also attacked Teron’s son Bimal Teron, who tried to save his father injuring him seriously along with his sister Ka-et Teronpi and two year old granddaughter of slain Teron, Raje Teronpi.

However, a police team arrived at the spot following receipt of information and rescued Bimal Teron, his sister Ka-et Teronpi and the child Raje Teronpi from the clutches of the killers. Bimal is presently undergoing treatment for his injuries.

A case No. 105/18 has been registered at Bakaliaghat Police station under sections 302 /325 IPC and Section 4(i)/5/9(i)/11 of Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Act 2015.

“We have received the information around 11-15 pm yesterday. Our team immediately rushed to the spot and recovered the body of the deceased. We have so far arrested 19 people in this connection,” a police officer said.

Those who were arrested have been identified as Dilip Sing Timung (23), Jirsong Timung (19), Kamal Timung (20), Gobin Timung (24), Shankar Timung (21), Arun Timung (20), Biren Sing Timung (28), Sarthingri Hanse (20), Khiram Timung (20), Jen Timung (35), Longri Timung (25), village headman Riso Timung (42), Ananda Teron (28), Jirsong Timung (17), Babuson Ingti (30), Rajit Singnar, Barun Timung (30), Mirjeng Ingti (18) and Kamal Sing Rongpi (54).

All of them were produced before the court of the chief judicial magistrate of Diphu on Sunday and the court subsequently remanded them to judicial custody.

This is the second incident of witch hunting in Bakaliaghat within a month. Earlier, six people were arrested for their alleged involvement in similar incident of witch hunting at Klordung area under Bakalia Police Station on November 12 last.

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