Assam lynching: Gauhati HC issues notice to state govt, asks for report on action taken to nab culprits

Guwahati: Taking strong note of the lynching incident in Assam's Karbi Anglong district, the Gauhati High Court has issued notices to state government officials asking them to apprise it of steps taken to nab the culprits.

Assam. Protests seeking justice for Nilotpal and Abhijeet Das. Twitter/@News18Northeast

Protests seeking justice for Nilotpal and Abhijeet Das. Twitter/@News18Northeast

A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Ajit Singh and Justice Achintya Malla Bujorbarua, which took suo motu cognisance of the incident in which two friends were beaten to death by a mob, observed that the state is under a constitutional obligation to protect the lives of its residents, and sadly, in this case, it has failed to do so.

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

Assam chief secretary, principal secretary of home and political (B) department, director general of police, deputy commissioner and SP of Karbi Anglong, and the officer in-charge of Dokmoka police station have been made respondents in the matter by the high court.

In its order issued on Wednesday, the bench directed them to furnish information on the measures taken to arrest the wrongdoers and also the action taken against erring officials. The case would be heard on June 19.

Updated Date: Jun 14, 2018 18:48 PM

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