Prime Accused in Assam Lynching Held, Had Instigated Villagers After Tiff With Victims: Police

The prime accused in the lynching of two men in Assam was arrested from Karbi Anglong district in the early hours today, a senior police officer said.

Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said the prime accused allegedly had an argument with the two men, following which he spread the rumour that they were child lifters, to instigate the villagers.

“With today’s development, the total number of people arrested in connection with the lynching of the two men and spreading hate messages and rumours following the incident in Karbi Anglong district on Friday has risen to 64”, a police officer said.

Giving details of the incident, Saikia said, “The accused, Alfajoz Timung, was the only person who had interacted with Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath, prior to their killing.”

According to preliminary interrogation, the duo were sitting near the Kanglithangso waterfall when Timung approached them and an argument ensued after which both Das and Nath decided to leave, he told reporters.

Timung then called up the villagers and told them that there were two men in a vehicle who had kidnapped a child. He asked the villagers to intercept the car and detain the two, the DGP said.

The villagers, however, attacked the vehicle and lynched Das and Nath.

“If, according to investigations, there was any lapse by the police, no one will be spared“, Saikia said, adding the ADGP will also investigate under what circumstances and when was the policeman reportedly seen recording video clips of the lynching incident.

“The video, however, has helped the police considerably in identifying the suspects but all aspects will be probed,” the DGP said.

Meanwhile, the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) has decided to give Rs five lakh each to the parents of the two deceased men and also install their statues at the place where they were lynched, KAAC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Tuliram Ronghang said.

The Council, which held a meeting with media, government officials and prominent citizens at Diphu last evening, condemned the incident.

The Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) and Karbi Sahitya Sabha, which met here under the aegis of the Asam Sahitya Sabha in Guwahati on Wednesday, have condemned the lynching.