AASU activist lynched to death in Jorhat
All Jorhat District Students Union (AJDSU) has sent a memorandum to chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma urging him to arrest the culprits involved in the incident within 24 hours.
In yet another incident of mob lynching, a 30-year-old leader of All Assam Students Union (AASU), Animesh Bhuyan, was lynched to death by an irate mob owing to a miscommunication, on November 29 in Jorhat.
Two other youths- Mridusmanta Baruah (former AASU leader and a correspondent of Pratidin Time) and Pranay Dutta (an AASU activist) - were also injured in the incident and were rushed to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) immediately.
The incident took place at a parking site near Nirmal Chariali in upper Jorhat town at around 2 pm, when the trio, on their way to a market, noticed an old man lying with his two-wheeler on the roadside, and tried to help him.
On the contrary, the old man, however, (later identified as Mohan Das from Borigaon) accused the trio of hitting him and cried for help.
Immediately, a group of 60 to 70 people, who mistook the trio as the perpetrators of the road accident, and started lynching them with sharp weapons, which resulted in Bhuyan's death.
Even as the police arrived at the spot, the mob continued to beat them in the presence of the police personnel.
The police suspect that the old man was intoxicated at the time of the incident.
Bhuyan, son of Nabin Bhuyan and Hiru Bhuyan of No 1 Khakandaguri Village under the Brahmaputra Region of Golaghat, was the education secretary of Brahmaputra Anchalik Chatra Sanstha.
Condemning the incident, the All Jorhat District Students Union (AJDSU) has called for a Black Day on November 30.
“The incident has exposed the functioning of state police force,” said Bijay Shankar Bora, AJDSU president.
Meanwhile, the student body has sent a memorandum to chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma urging him to arrest the culprits involved in the incident within 24 hours.
Leaders of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Bir Lachit Sena and Krishak Mukti Sangra Samity (KMSS) have also condemned the incident and demanded early arrest of the culprits.
Meanwhile, four people have been arrested in connection with the incident and the video footage is being used to identify the culprits involved in the mob attack, a senior police official said.
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