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Assam lynching: 23 arrested; citizens' outrage continues

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

With four more arrests today, 23 people have been nabbed by the police so far in connection with the of two men in Assam's Anglong district, which continues to trigger protests by citizens.

In addition, 22 others have been arrested for allegedly spreading rumours and hate messages on the as part of a statewide crackdown, the police said.

"We have arrested four more persons. This has taken the total number of arrests to 23," Anglong Superintendent of Police (SP) V Siva told

In a shocking incident on Friday, two friends -- Nilotpal Das (29) and Abhijeet Nath (30) -- had gone to the under station in Anglong and while returning, their vehicle was stopped at Panjuri by a group of irate villagers, who pulled them out and killed them by beating them up for hours on the suspicion that they were child-lifters.

The SP said the police were on the lookout for more people, who were part of the mob of around 200 villagers.

"Although around 200 people were present, all of them could not have beaten up the duo. We are zeroing in on those who had formed the inner circle and killed them.

"We will bring all the people to the book. We have not slowed down at all," Ganjala added.

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

Besides the 23 accused, at least 22 others were arrested in different districts of the state for posting hate messages and objectionable comments on the social media, an Police said.

While six each were arrested in Nagaon and Sonitpur districts, two each were nabbed in Biswanath, Karbi Anglong, Kamrup Metropolitan and Darrang, he said, adding that one person each was arrested from Dibrugarh and Barpeta districts.

Amidst a statewide crackdown against those who spread rumours on the social media, the police have detected a fake account of Hiren Chandra Nath, who has ordered a probe into the matter.

"I do not have any account except being on WhatsApp. This particular account has been created by someone with some intention, which I do not know. I have asked my officials to look into the matter and take necessary steps. We will take action," Nath said.

of Police (DGP) Kuladhar Saikia had yesterday said the police were closely monitoring the with ADGP (Security) Harmeet Singh being given the charge to keep a strict vigil on rumours.

He had also appealed to the people not to get swayed by rumours on the social media and immediately inform the police if they came across any such posts.

Meanwhile, the dastardly incident of Friday continued to trigger citizens' protests.

A day after violent protests in the state capital, a silent sit-in demonstration was organised today against the brutal killing of the two men in

Led by Zubeen Garg, many film actors, artistes and people from all walks of life joined the protest at the Judges' Field, situated next to the

"The culprits should be caught and hanged. There should not be any other solution," Garg told reporters.

He also questioned the government's role and said no one would visit Assam, despite promoting the state as a tourist destination, if such incidents continued.

Yesterday, the police had lathicharged the protesters, who had come out in large numbers and blocked the busy RG Baruah road at the point, demanding justice for the duo.

Led by students, the spontaneous protest was organised through and services.

The protests continued across the state today with people demanding a fast-track court to deliver speedy justice in the case.

National Highway-37 was blocked for a brief period at Raha in Nagaon by burning tyres on the road, but was cleared immediately by the police.

Protests also took place in Haflong, where peace songs were sung by of

Agitations were staged in also with the protesters demanding an exemplary punishment to the culprits.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 22:05 IST