Panjuri lynching: HC issues notice to state government; Cong demands judicial probe, denies nexus with Alpha

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GUWAHATI/ DIPHU, June 14: The Gauhati High Court on Wednesday issued notices to chief secretary, principal secretary (home and political), director general of police, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Karbi Anglong and several other senior officials asking them to apprise the court of steps taken to nab the culprits involved in the lynching of two Guwahati-based youth Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath at Panjuri Kachari Gaon in Karbi Anglong district on June 8.

A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Ajit Singh and Justice Achintya Malla Bujorbarua, which took suo motu cognizance of the incident observed that the state is under a constitutional obligation to protect the lives of its residents, and sadly in this case, it has failed to do so.

The notice was also issued to officer-in-charge of Dokmoka police station in connection with the case. In its order issued on Wednesday, the court directed them to furnish information on the measures taken to arrest the wrongdoers and also action taken against erring officials.

The case would be heard on June 19.

On the other hand, Leader of the Opposition in Assam Assembly Debabrata Saikia on Thursday urged Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to “institute a judicial inquiry” into the lynching of two Guwahati-based youth Guwahati boys – Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath at Panjuri Kachari Gaon in Karbi Anglong district.

“In view of increasing doubts about a section of supporters of a particular political ideology being the masterminds behind such fear and hate-mongering, the chief minister should take it upon himself to order a thorough probe to unearth the truth and consequently prevent more damage being caused in Assam by such poisonous propaganda, Saikia said in a statement here on Thursday.

Urging the chief minister to set up a judicial commission, Saikia said such a probe will get to the root of the motive behind spreading fake news across social media for such as WhatsApp and Facebook, which resulted in the lynching of the two youth.

Saikia also said it was essential for the government to ascertain whether they fell victims to a nation-wide conspiracy of creating an atmosphere of fear and doubt via social media. Saikia referred to similar rumours about the presence of child-lifters being spread in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, while pointing out that already several people have been lynched as a result.

“There was ample scope to suspect that the well-coordinated spreading of fake news might be a ploy to divert people’s attention from issues of actual importance,” the opposition leader said.

Meanwhile, Karbi Anglong District Congress Committee (KADCC) on Thursday denied that party had any nexus with the killer Alphajoz Timung and his aides in the lynching case.

In a press release here on Thursday, the Congress party said, “Congress party has always been on its fight against anti-social elements. So, the report is nothing but just an attempt to malign the image of the party.”

The party requested the media not to publish such news ahead for the sake of peace and harmony.

Meanwhile, an all religion prayer was organised by Karbi Anglong district administration for Nilotpal and Abhijeet at Diphu Club here on Thursday.

The prayer meeting was attended by Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) EM Ratan Teron, former Diphu MLA Bidya Sing Engleng, Karbi Anglong deputy commissioner Mridul Kumar Mahanta, former Asam Sahitya Sabha president Padmasree Rongbong Terang and other dignitaries.

On the other hand, Karbi Anglong Territorial Social Security Association (KATSSA) said the people should not visit interior places of Karbi Anglong. The organisation also urged the villagers not to take the law into their own hands but to report the nearest police station if they see anything suspicious.

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