Diphu: A district session court of Assam’s Karbi Anglong district giving a final hearing to the infamous Jhankar Saikia lynching case on Monday, acquitted four and convicted 12 persons of the 16 accused in the brutal killing incident. However, the district court is likely to announce the quantum of punishment for all the convicts on February 28.
Speaking to EastMojo after the final hearing, Special Public Prosecutor (PP), Durga Prasad Jaiswal said that the district session court on Monday pronounced its judgment wherein 12 of the 16 accused were found guilty. Jaiswal further said that all the accused were prosecuted under section 147, 341, 323, 302 and 149 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). He, however, stated that the quantum of punishment for the verdict will be announced by the district court on February 28.
Jaiswal informed that among those acquitted by the district court in the brutal mob lynching case are Ramesh Chandra Nath, Harun Bora, Sarthe Bey and Dilip Teron, while those found guilty are Biswajit Hanse, Sarsing Teron, Robinson Teron, Sanjay Rongphar, Bikram Tisso, Enush Timung, Longsing Teron, Binong Terang, Sarlongbi Terang, Philipson Taro, Hitesh Rabha and Mangal Sing Rongphar.
Meanwhile, the district court in its final judgment also declared four persons as fault-free, including Assam Police havildar Harun Bora and assistant sub inspector Ramesh Chandra Nath.
Notably, on June 25, 2013, 16-year old Jhankar Saikia and his lawyer-father Haren Saikia were thrashed by a mob of auto-rickshaw drivers after they had refused to pay Rs 30 instead of the regular fare of Rs 20. Interestingly, the incident happened in the presence of police personnel who did “nothing” to stop the mob. Jhankar was critically injured in the brutal thrashing and was immediately shifted to a private hospital in Diphu where he succumbed to his injuries.