On August 15, when the country was celebrating its 72nd independence day, another case of mob lynching occurred in Assam. One person has died, and three other have gotten critically injured after a mob attacked them over suspicion of smuggling stolen cows in Biswanath district, said the police, as reported by Hindustan Times.
Reportedly, the incident happened at Diplunga tea estate, which is almost 230 km from the state capital. According to one of the injured victims, who is hospitalised in Biswanath nursing home, the attack took place when he along with his three other friends were travelling in an auto to buy “pigs”.
“We were on our way to buy pigs from Diplunga tea estate early on Wednesday morning when a mob armed with sticks, iron rods stopped us and started attacking, accusing us of being cow thieves,” told the victim to a local television channel.
As soon as the mob attacked, the driver of the van escaped from the spot, while the crowd of almost 20 people attacked the four people.
What the police has to say?
The police claim a different account of the incident. According to the police, the victims were transporting the stolen cows.
“Four persons from Sootea area were travelling in a tempo (big van) when a mob attacked them at 4:00 am. Locals allege the victims had stolen cows,” said a police official from Sootea police station.
The police further said that they had recovered two stolen cow from the van.
The victims, Deben Rajbongshi, Phoolchand Sahu, Bijoy Nayak and Pujen Rajbongshi, belongs to the Adivasi community. After the assault, the four were rushed to the hospital were Deben succumbed to his injuries, reports The New Indian Express.
A video of the incident was captured by the mob, which is now being circulated on the social media. The video shows the victims sitting on the ground and pleading to be spared with folded hands.
Till now, no arrest has been made, said the police. “We have launched an operation against those responsible for the attack on the victims,” said Diganta Kumar Chowdhury, superintendent of police, Biswanath district to the Hindustan Times.
In June this year too, two youths were lynched in Assam on the suspicion of being child lifters. The two youths were beaten to death by local villagers in a remote area of Karbi Anglong district of Assam.
According to the reports, since the time Modi government has come to power in 2014, there have been at least 157 incident of mob lynching either by cow vigilantism or on the suspicion of child lifter.
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