A human rights activist in India’s north-east state Assam has taken up the legal battle in the brutal mob lynching incident at Karbi Anglong’s Dokmoka, where two youths from Guwahati became victims of fake social media reports in 2018.
“I will carry forward the case in my capacity as far as I can,” Dr Dibyajyoti Saikia said adding the mob lynching of Abhijit Nath (Abhi) and Nilotpal Das (Neel) is blatant violation of human rights.
In 2018, Abhi and Neel had gone for a short vacation to Karbi Anglong’s Dokmoka. Suspecting them to be child abductors, the locals forming a mob brutally thrashed the two youths who eventually succumbed to their injuries.
People of Dokmoka first spotted “two suspicious” persons. Suspecting them to be child-abductors, the locals crowded their vehicle and when the boys tried to escape from the spot, the locals started to physically assault them.
In a heart-wrenching video of Nilotpal Das which went viral on social media, he was seen with his hands folded and face covered with blood, saying, “Don’t kill me…please don’t beat me. I am an Assamese. Believe me, I am speaking the truth. My father’s name is Gopal Chandra Das and mother’s name is Radhika Das…please let me go.”
Saikia asserted that the government and the administration have failed to safeguard the lives and property of common people.
“How can some witnesses give fabricated statements in the court. The government and the police have moral responsibility to deal with the mob lynching case firmly,” he said.
Saikia also said if the government does not take a firm step, it will be difficult to put an end to such incidents. He also advocated for a new act denouncing mob lynching.
“The Supreme Court has said about such an act way back in 2018. It is the responsibility of the Centre and also the State Government to bring in such a law to curb these types of violence,” he added.