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62 arrested for lynching, spreading hate msgs on social media

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Sixty-two persons have so far been arrested from different parts of in the brutal killing of two men in Anglong district and spreading rumours and hate messages on that fuelled the sensational incident.

Two friends - (29) and Abhijeet Nath (30) - were on Friday pulled out of their vehicle at Panjuri in Anglong district and beaten to death by a group of irate villagers, who suspected them to be child-lifters.

The incident was recorded by locals on their and circulated on

Protests continued across the north eastern state over the dastardly incident.

Two persons were today arrested, taking the tally of the number of arrests in the case to 26.

Also, 13 persons were arrested today for misuse of in connection with the killing of the duo, taking the tally of such arrests to 36, an Police said.

Seven persons each were arrested from Nagaon and Anglong districts, six from Sonitpur and three each from Kamrup Metropolitan and Darrang, he added.

Besides, two each from Biswanath, Sadiya and Dhubri have been arrested, while one each from Hojai, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Barpeta districts were arrested in connection with spreading rumours on social media, the said.

The crackdown on the misuse of social media was launched by the police after initial investigations suggested that messages posted on social media about child-lifters entering the state from outside may have led to the lynching episode.

The police have also issued an advisory asking people to refrain from spreading rumours on social media.

of Police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwal is monitoring the situation on the spot and also the by security forces.

Meanwhile, the government announced to introduce an awareness programme in all development blocks and panchayats of the state in the wake of incidents triggered by rumours and superstition.

Assam asked the authorities to frame modalities and a roadmap to implement the awareness programme 'Sanskaar' at all levels, in coordination with local bodies, women organisations and

"Assam is known all over for its unique hospitality and people coming from all over the country must feel an ambience of friendliness where ever they go in the state," a release quoting the said.

expressed shock over the incident and demanded a CBI probe into the episode.

Earlier in the day, parents of urged people to desist from politicising the issue.

"We are grateful to all for extending their support to us in this hour of grief but we appeal to maintain peace and calm," they said in a statement issued here.

During the day, protests took place in some places in the state with agitators blocking a road at Hojai by burning tyres.

They demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 22:20 IST