Rs 5 lakh to each family of Nilotpal and Abhijeet

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DIPHU, June 12: Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) on Tuesday announced Rs. 5 lakh compensation to each of the families of two Guwahati young men – Nilotpal Das (29) and Abhijeet Nath (30), who were lynched by an irate mob at Panjuri Kachari Gaon under Dokmoka police station at a press conference held here at KAAC Secretariat Conference Hall. The council will also build statues of the two young men as remembrance of the incident at the village.

Announcing this, KAAC chief executive member (CEM) Tuliram Ronghang appealed to all sections of the people to maintain peace in the society and requested the media to carry a positive message.

“In the same Dokmoka police station area previously two Karbis were lynched by a mob in recent years. It does not mean that people are being killed just because of being Assamese. Such incidents happened all over India. Just three days back at Beltola in Guwahati, a child accused of stealing a mobile phone was tied up and beaten. It was only at the intervention of a man that he was saved,” Ronghang said.

On the incident being politicised, the CEM said, “Those who were arrested for intimidation and harassment of Karbi students in Nagaon were found to be Youth Congress workers. And in the incident of Panjuri Kachari Gaon one Alfa Timung is instrumental in precipitating the violence, presently he is absconding.”

“Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council on behalf of the people of Karbi Anglong strongly condemns the lynching of two youth at Panjuri Kachari Gaon. The law will take its own course. We want exemplary punishment of the culprits involved in the incident. I hope that such incident will not be repeated again,” Ronghang also said

“The incident took place at a time when we have been trying to work together with all communities in Karbi Anglong,” Ronghang regretted.

EMs Kache Rongpipi, Prodip Rongpi, Prodip Diphusa, Tolendra Brahma, Amar Sing Tisso, Madhurjya Dhekial Phukan and Ratan Teron, MACs Horen Sing Bey, Reena Terangpi and Richard Tokbi, officials of KAAC secretary Si-im Tara, principal secretary Mahadananda Hazarika and others were present at the press conference.

Peace procession

Meanwhile, a peace procession was taken out by Karbi Anglong District Committee (KADC) and Diphu Regional Committee of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) demanding justice for the victims of lynching at Panjuri Kachari Gaon here on June 8.

The procession began from Diphu Club, went through the main thoroughfare of the town and back to Diphu Club.

KADC, AJYCP cultural secretary Prahalat Borah demanded security to be provided to tourist in the district. “The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council is getting revenue from tourists and it is their duty to provide security to them. If they cannot provide security then those tourist destinations should be closed. In Jammu & Kashmir due to security reasons social media has been stopped, then why not in Assam. For the time being social media should be stopped for a month so that anti-social elements do not misuse social media it to create problem out of the issue,” he said.

AJYCP also demands renaming of Kangthilangso picnic spot to Abhinil (Abhijeet + Nilotpal) in remembrance of the two deceased youths.

Das blamed deputy chairman and MAC from Nonmati, Ritesh Enghi for not visiting the place even once till the day after the incident.

Das urged for awareness creation on the rumour mongering on child trafficking by law and order authority. He also said that there are always incidences and situations cropping up prior to election in Karbi Anglong and the KAAC should work out to end the problem for once and all.

One minute silent prayer was observed for the souls of Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath.

Candle light procession

Despite the incessant rain the Christian community cutting across denominations under the banner of United Christian Forum (UCF) in Karbi Anglong lighted candles for the two deceased youth, Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath here at Semson Sing Engti Memorial Park.

UCF member and principal, Christian English High School, Moses Hanse said that UCF has organised a prayer meeting to offer prayer for the souls of the Nilotpal and Abhijeet. At this juncture the UCF appealed to all sections of society to maintain peace and mutual understanding.

On the other hand, the Kuki National Assembly (Kuki Inpi), Karbi Anglong expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the Panjuri incident, where two innocent youths were killed by irresponsible and mindless group of people on mistaken identity for child traffickers, the KNA statement stated.

The KNA, Kuki Inpi has strongly condemned the incident.

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