Tinsukia: In yet another incident of mob violence, a 34-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death in the early hours of Saturday on suspicion of animal theft.

The deceased, identified as Sarat Moran, was rescued by Baghjan police from Korjonga village in Tinsukia district and shifted to the FRU hospital in Doomdooma, where he succumbed to his injuries. Moran is a resident of 1 number Kordoiguri.

Debojit Deori, SP, Tinsukia, told EastMojo they had apprehended 12 people and were interrogating them. “Prima facie it seems to be a case of public assault on suspicion of theft. We have found several cut marks on the victim’s body and are waiting for the post mortem report to come to any conclusion on the nature of injuries and weapons used leading to his death,” Deori said, adding, “The case is under investigation.”

According to sources, Baghjan police has registered a case under section 302, 34 of the Indian Penal Code based on an FIR filed by the victim’s uncle.

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“Based on the information at around 4.30 am, a team of police rushed to Korjonga village and rescued the victim from a field, where he was under public assault,” Debojit Das, officer-in-charge of Baghjan police station, around 8 km from the village, told this correspondent.

Das said, “The police team rushed the victim to a hospital in Doomdooma in the shortest possible time and got him admitted after Covid19 testing. However, he died shortly.”

“We have received a verbal statement suggesting that seeing the suspected movement of two persons, a villager raised an alarm,” Das said. “The villagers chased them and got hold of one of the two and assaulted him. We are ascertaining all the facts as the probe is making its headway,” Das added. 

According to sources, the victim had gone to stay overnight at a friend’s house and was caught by villagers on suspicion of being an animal smuggler. “He was tied and kept in their custody throughout the night, before being taken to village field this morning, where he was severely tortured by the mob,” the source added. 

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