Guwahati, June 9: In a shocking incident, two youths from Guwahati were beaten to death by an agitated mob in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district on suspicion of being child lifters.
The instance took place on Friday night in the backdrop of a rumour on social media that a group of ‘sopadhara’ (meaning child abductor or lifter in Assamese) were on the prowl in Nagaland’s Dimapur town and some of its adjoining areas in the district, news agency IANS reported.
Karbi Anglong shares an international border with Nagaland on the east.
According to the police, victims have been identified as Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath, had gone to the remote Kathilangso waterfalls in the district’s Dokmoka area.
They were returning to Guwahati late Friday in their SUV when a mob stopped them and suspected the youths to be child lifters.
The mob then pulled the victims out of their vehicle, tied them up and started beating them in spite of the boys repeatedly saying that they were Assamese and had come to Karbi Anglong just to witness the scenic beauty of the place, the police said.
Despite the mob refused to believe the victims and beat them to death. They vandalised thier the vehicle also.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and condemned the brutal incident and rushed the Additional Director General of Assam Police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwala to Dokmoka.
“It is condemnable that people are bring killed after being influenced by rumours and superstition,” the Chief Minister stated.
Sonowal has also ordered a high-level probe into the brutal incident.