Assam lynching prime accused reveals it all

Assam lynching prime accused reveals it all
Main accused of Dokmoka Lynching Case, Alphajoz Timung
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GUWAHATI, JUNE 13: In a significant breakthrough in the Karbi Anglong lynching case, Assam Police have managed to arrest one of the main accused on Tuesday night, who was involved in the gruesome mob lynching.
The accused identified as Alphajoz Timung was on the run since the lynching incident but was arrested after an intense police operation at Bheloghat Beygaon, under Dokmoka Police Station, in Karbi Anglong.
The report also stated that the total number of arrests in connection with the lynching of the 2 men and spreading hate messages and rumours has risen to 64.
Prime accused in the lynching of 2 Guwahati youths sound engineer Nilotpal (29) and his businessman friend Abhijit (30) in a remote village in Karbi Anglong district of Assam on June 8, Alphajoz Timung alias Alpha, who was nabbed by police on late Tuesday night tells police how the barbaric act was a spur-of-the-moment decision.
Timung, a history-sheeter, revealed before the police that he first met the 2 youths from Guwahati at the Kangthilangso Falls. It was around 6 p.m., and Nilotpal and Abhijit, both nature lovers, were searching for some ornamental fishes there when they had an argument with Timung over their presence at the location.
Timung told police that he called up some of friends and called them near the waterfall. Seeing the situation turning bad, Nilotpal and Abhijit left the place in their vehicle and that is when Timung and his friends started pelting stones at the vehicle. They also followed the 2 Guwahati youths on motorbikes.
Timung meanwhile alerted his other friends at Panjuri to stop the SUV in which Nilotpal and Abhijit were travelling saying that they were child-lifters and have kidnapped a small girl.
When the duo reached Panjuri, a group of boys in drunken state stopped the vehicle, pulled them out and started beating them up. Soon Timung and his friends following behind reached the spot and joined in the barbaric act. For more than an hour they carried out their attack on Nilotpal and Abhijit.
When police from Dokomoka police station arrived at the spot about 2 hours later, they found the youths in a serious condition. The police immediately shifted them to an ambulance but both died on way.
Two years back, Timung was involved in a similar lynching of a 23-year-old motorcycle mechanic, Mithu Das, at Dengaon in the same district. Das was beaten to death by a mob of over 50 in front of 3 policemen.
The mob accused Das of raping a tribal girl. The criminals even put salt on Das’s wounds. He later succumbed to injuries in the hospital.
A sum of Rs 5 lakh has been announced by Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) to the parents of the 2 deceased men. KAAC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Tuliram Ronghang has also made a proposal to install their statues at the place where they were lynched. The Council had held a meeting with media, Government officials and prominent citizens at Diphu on Tuesday evening, condemning the incident.
Ronghang said Karbis are a part and parcel of Assam and many tribal and non-tribals live in Karbi Anglong autonomous area, forming a greater Assamese society. The Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) and Karbi Sahitya Sabha, which met here under the aegis of the Asam Sahitya Sabha in Guwahati yesterday, have condemned the lynching. (Agencies)