Assam police have arrested 15 people in connection with the lynching of two men in the state’s Karbi Anglong district on Friday.
Nilotpal Das, 29, a sound engineer, and his friend Abhijeet Nath, 30, a businessman, were attacked by a mob near Panjuri Kacharigaon village, nearly 200km from the state capital, on suspicion of being child lifters.
Das, who is based in Goa, had came home to Guwahati recently and on Friday had left with his friend Nath for Kangthilangsho, a popular picnic spot known for waterfalls, and were on their way back when they were attacked. The sport-utility vehicle (SUV) in which the duo were travelling was also badly damaged by the mob.
“We arrested five local youths on Saturday and 11 more during the night. The situation at the site is under control and efforts are on to nab the others,” Mukesh Agrawal, additional director general of police (DGP) (law and order), said.
“Policemen were present at the spot. We are not objecting to their protest as long as they are peaceful. This is a very sensitive matter and people are emotional,” he said.
Mr Nath said three persons have been picked up and their role was being probed.
The call for the protest was given by a Facebook group ‘Justice for Nilotpal and Abhijeet’. The group was started yesterday and nearly 60,000 people have joined it within 24 hours.
“It has come to our notice that since the past few days, some organisations and people have been spreading baseless speculations with the foul intention of disturbing law and order,” the statement read.
“The chief minister has appealed to all sections of public not to fall for such misinformation and take law into their hands,” it said.
Sonowal held a high-level meeting on Sunday and promised stringent action against those found guilty of spreading rumours and urged the public to inform the police if they came across such incidents or noticed anything abnormal.