Assam Lynching incident
Diphu, June 12 (EMN): The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) announced compensation of INR 5 lakh each to the families of the two lynched youths at Panjuri Kachari Gaon on June 8. The announcement was made at a press conference held at the KAAC’s Secretariat Conference Hall on Tue. June 12.
The Chief Executive Member (CEM) of KAAC, Tuliram Ronghang said, the council will give a compensation of INR 5 lakh each to the families of deceased Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath. Further, he assured that their statues will also be erected at the Kangthilangso picnic spot in Assam.
Also, Ronghang remarked that the council strongly condemn the lynching at Panjuri Kachari Gaon and law will take its own course. Adding to which he said, ‘the severest punishment under the law, even hanging, should be given.’ Further, he maintained, ‘until now 52 suspected persons have been picked up and they will not be spared if found to be involved.’
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 the youth Congress workers. And in the incident of Panjuri Kachari Gaon one United Liberation Front of Assam’s Timung is instrumental in precipitating the violence, presently he is absconding,” he added.
Further, the CEM appealed for peace to be maintained and requested the media to carry a positive message.
Committee took out peace possession
A peace procession was taken out by the Karbi Anglong District Committee (KADC) and the Diphu Regional Committee of Asom Jatyabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) demanding justice for two youths that was killed in mob lynching on June 8 at Panjuri Kachari gaon in Karbi Anglong district.
The procession began at the Diphu Club to the Diphu market and back to where it begins on Tuesday in the town. During the procession, members hold placards, photos of Nilutpal Das and Abhijeet Nath, and shouted slogans demanding for immediate arrest of culprits involved in the incident and justice to the victims’ families.
The KADC and AJYCP cultural secretary, Prahalat Borah demands that security should be made in the district’s tourist spots for the safety of the visitors. “The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council is getting revenue from tourist and it is their duty to provide security to tourists. If they cannot provide security then those tourist destinations should be closed,” Borah demanded. He also suggested that social media be stop for a month to avoid creating additional problems out of the incident.
Also, AJYCP suggested changing of Kangthilangso picnic spot to ‘Abhinil’ (Abhijeet + Nilutpal) in remembrance of the two youths. It demanded that punishment to be awarded to the culprits should be let known to the public.
The two committee called upon the law and order authority to create awareness of the rumour spreading about child trafficking in the area. Stating which, they claimed ‘there are always incidences and situations cropping up prior to election in Karbi Anglong.’ Further, it demanded that KAAC should work out to end the problem one and for all.
Karbi christians pay tribute
The Christian community as part of the United Christian Forum (UCF) in Karbi Anglong took out a candlelight programme for Nilutpal Das and Abhijeet Nath, who were killed in mob lynching on June 8 at Panjuri Kachari goan.
Despite of an incessant rain, the people have turned up to offer prayers and pay tribute to the two departed souls at Semson Sing Engti Memorial Park on Tuesday evening.
The UCF member and principal of the Christian English High School, Diphu, Moses Hanse, told to media that the forum has organised a prayer meeting and lighting of candles at the park to offer prayers for the souls of the two youths, and to their family members. Further, UCF appealed to the people to maintain peace and mutual understand among various tribes and communities in the state.
Opposing to mob violence, the council remarked, let all those who believe in human values to prevail upon their friends, families, colleagues, and students, help each other and take a stand against communal, and ethnic divide. ‘The culture of inclusiveness and understanding existed in our multi-cultural state, and we belief that genuine and sincere effort must be made to maintain and strengthened that culture,’ he added.
Kuki Inpi condemn
The Kuki National Assembly (KNA), Kuki Inpi of Karbi Anglong has condemned the lynched incident, terming as ‘heinous’ crime committed upon two youths by the mob. A press statement condemning the incident was received from the KNA, Kuki Inpi’s IPR.
The assembly urged the authorities to punished the culprits and deliver justice to the victims’ family members. Further, the KNA appealed to the people to remain calm and maintain peace and harmony in the state. Further, the KNA, Kuki Inpi has expressed sorrow and termed the incident painful and shocking that defame Karbi Anglong in eyes of others.
24 arrests, search operation continues
Guwahati, June 12 (PTI): Another person has been arrested in connection with the lynching of two men on suspicion of being child lifters in Assam, taking the number of people arrested in the case so far to 24, police said. The person was arrested from Karbi Anglong district during search operations, which were continuing along with investigations, an Assam Police spokesman said here today.
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwal was monitoring the investigations. Besides the 24, five others were arrested from Diphu town today for misuse of social media in connection with the incident. “They have been found to be involved either in recording the incident on mobile phones or circulating the video clip on social media with statements, comments to incite hatred between different communities,” the spokesman said.