Charge Sheet Filed Against 48 Accused In Assam Lynching Of 2 Men

| September 2 , 2018 , 10:22 IST

Taking strict action against those accused in the mob lynching case of 2 youths Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam in June this year, the Assam Police on Saturday filed an 844-page charge sheet against 48 people.

"It is a major achievement by the Assam Police that we could file the charge sheet within 90 days. It is filed against 48 persons accused of lynching two youths at Dokmoka in Karbi Anglong on June 8," Assam Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said.

"When a movement against mob lynching is going on everywhere, it is an important development for the entire country. We could attach the details of everyone's crime and all the accused were arrested. The charge sheet also has as many as 71 witnesses," Saikia said.

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"The charges have been framed under Sections 302, 341, 427, 143, 144, 147, 148, 149, 109, 332 and 186 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)," the police official added.

"The entire investigation was carried out under the direct supervision of Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agrawal," Saikia said.

On June 8, two friends, 29-year-old sound engineer Nilotpal Das and 30-year-old businessman Abhijeet Nath had gone to a picnic spot at the Kangthilangso waterfalls under Dokmoka police station in Karbi Anglong. As they returned, their car was stopped at Panjuri Kachari by a group of irate villagers who attacked their vehicle, pulled the 2 men out and bludgeoned them to death, on rumours of them being child-lifters. While Das was a local who was settled in Mumbai, Nath was based in Guwahati.

After the incident, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced that the trial would be conducted in a fast track court "as per people's wish".

In the past year, at least 34 people have been lynched across 9 states. The Supreme Court on July 17 condemned the recent spate of mob lynchings taking place across the nation and asked the Parliament whether a new law can be made on the issue to prevent 'mobocracy'.