Assam group renews demand for law against mob lynching
Calls for strict penal statute follows mob assault on physician at COVID-19 care centre
A pan-Northeast authorized group has renewed its demand for enacting law to deal particularly with circumstances of mob lynching.
The Assam-based North East Legal Organization (NELO) refreshed its year-old demand following the mob assault on a physician at a COVID-19 care centre in central Assam’s Hojai district on June 1.
The police arrested 24 folks, together with a girl, for grievously injuring Dr. Seuj Kumar Senapati, holding him accountable for the dying of a COVID-19 constructive one who, healthcare officers mentioned, died by the point he reached the centre.
In a letter to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday, NELO president Susmit Nripanka Krishnatraya and secretary basic Debajit Barman mentioned a particular law may go a great distance in checking mob lynching and mob assaults.
“Cases of mob lynching generally come under the purview of the Indian Penal Code of 1860, but even the IPC doesn’t specifically deal with mob lynching as an offence. A specific and strict penal statute on mob lynching shall definitely help the State in the intervention and prevention of such instances,” they mentioned within the letter.
In June 2020, the NELO wrote the same letter to former Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal after mobs thrashed Sanatan Deka to dying at Monahkuchi village close to Guwahati on May 23 and 23-year-old Debasish Gogoi in Gabharu Parbat Tea Estate in jap Assam’s Jorhat district.
They have been victims of street rage following minor accidents allegedly brought on by them.
“Cases of mob lynching are increasing, happening time and again – be it the killing of 16-year-old Jhankar Saikia [in Karbi Anglong district’s Diphu, 2013] over a fare of ₹ 10 or the assault on Dr. Senapati. The sooner we have a specific law to deal with this menace, the better,” Mr. Barman informed The Puucho.
Lynching related to witchcraft has been an age-old problem within the State. Rumours unfold through social media grew to become a explanation for concern lower than a decade in the past.
The authorities had taken word of the severity of the difficulty when Goa-based sound engineer Nilotpal Das and his businessman pal, Abhijeet Nath, have been lynched by villagers in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong district in Many 2018. The villagers had taken them to be child-lifters.
In August 31, a mob had killed Deben Dutta, a senior medical officer of Teok Tea Estate after the dying of a youth within the hospital inside the plantation.