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Two youths from Guwahati were beaten to death by an angry mob at a remote area in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam on suspicion of being child abductors. The incident occurred on Friday night when a rumour on social media revolved around saying a group of ‘sopadhara’ (meaning child abductor in Assamese) were active in the nearby areas.
According to the police, the victims were later identified as Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath who were returning to Guwahati after visiting the Kathilangso waterfalls in the Dokmoka district area. The victims were in their SUV when they were stopped by an angry mob who suspected them to be child abductors.
The victims were then pulled out, tied and beaten to death by the mob while they constantly stated that they were only there in the Karbi Anglong district just to witness the scenic beauty, the police said as reported by IANS
Speaking to ANI, the police said, “In last few days, posts on child lifters have been shared on social media. We’ve asked SPs of various districts to take actions so that such videos don’t go viral. Issue is being looked into by our special force. Whatever input that’s come to us is being verified by field level intelligence. I’ll be able to comment only when things are verified.”
As per IANS, Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal condemned the incident. “It is condemnable that people are being killed after being influenced by rumours and superstition,” the Chief Minister was quoted as saying by IANS. A high-level probe into the incident has also been ordered by the Chief Minister.
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