Two Youths after returning from tourist spot, were lynched by a mob in punjuri village, under Dokmoka Police station of Karbi Anglong district of Assam, last evening on suspicion of being child lifters.
According to the police, Nilotpal Das (29), a sound engineer based in Mumbai, and his friend Abhijeet Nath (30), a businessman, had gone to the picnic spot Kangthilangso in Karbi Anglong on Friday night to capture the beauty of nature.
Debabrata Saikia, the leader of the opposition in the state assembly, condemned the lynching and called it yet another instance of the state government’s “utter failure” to maintain law and order. Saikia also demanded a judicial enquiry into the incident.
The incident occurred on Friday night when a rumour spread on social media about a group of ‘sopadhara’ (child kidnapper in Assamese) being active in nearby areas. The victims were in their SUV when they were stopped by an angry mob at Punjuri who suspected them to be child abductors. They were returning to Guwahati after visiting the Kathilangso waterfalls in the Dokmoka district area.
A video of the incident has gone viral on social media which shows the both Men pleading for their lives and trying to explain that they were Assamese.
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As the police reached the spot, Both injured seriously was rushed to a hospital but died on the way.
The police have launched a mass search operation to catch the culprits on the basis of the video. No arrests have been made so far, they said.
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The district administration authorities are camping in the area and holding talks with the villagers. Parents of both victims are on their way to Karbi Anglong from Guwahati where they reside. The bodies will be handed over to them after conducting the post-mortem, police added.
Of late, a series of fake messages on child abductors are doing the rounds in various social media. Assam Police has urged the public to refrain from such fake messages.
Source: The Indian Express