The tragic lynching incident of Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath in Karbi Anglong on 8th June sent the State into shock. Two months after the dreadful incident, the investigation process is not going as expected, and family and friends of the two victims are not convinced that any work is being done. They are worried that if the investigation process gets delayed then culprits might go unpunished like in Jhankar Saikia’s lynching incident. In the second hearing of the case, the investigation team had assured that it will submit the charge-sheet within 90 days.
Recently, friends of Abhijeet and Nilotpal expressed their disappointment regarding various promises made by the government just after the incident. Failure to deliver on the promises by Tuliram Ronghang, Chief Executive Member of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council has also disappointed the two families.
Friends of the victims took to social media to put across their displeasure on the various demands, which the authorities had initially assured were fulfilled. The demand for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by an IGP level officer has not been confirmed. Also, the demand for a Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) has not yet been decided, even though the investigation is still on. The demand for a court trial in a neutral place has also not been decided. Both families had also urged for a strong charge-sheet to avoid any such cases in the future.
As of now, 47 accused has been arrested and are under police custody. Three court hearings on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) have been conducted. Ankur Saikia, friend of Nilotpal Das said, ‘If the charge-sheet is not filed within 90 days from the date of the incident, all the arrested will get bail and it might turn out like the Jhankaar Saikia’s incident.’
However, the police on being contacted by our team refused to share any details about the investigation due to the sensitiveness of the case.