Guwahati: Assam was rocked by two separate incidents of mob attacks within a period of 48 hours. Sabin Gour from Biswanath was killed after a family feud turned violent while Majen Nath from Bongaigaon is recovering from a brutal beating by locals who they thought was a thief trying to steal from a house.
Eyewitnesses state that Gour was a daily-wage labourer in Pratapgarh tea estate which lies about 9 km from Biswanath Chariali. He was tied to a tree and was then beaten by his brother’s (Nabin) friends after he allegedly attacked him.
Police investigations unearthed that Sabin and Nabin got into a fight on Thursday and he beat up Nabin with a sharp object. Nabin is now undergoing treatment in a nearby hospital and on Friday, his friends came looking for Sbain, tied him to a nearby tree, and beat him.
By the time Biswanath police were able to take him to the hospital, he already succumbed to his injuries. They were, however, able to capture Lepa Nayak, Bhaya Nayak, Lala Nayak, and Mahesh Gor in connection to the mob lynching.
Bongaigaon police, on the other hand, managed to rescue Majen Nath in time on Saturday. The locals were still hitting Nath when police arrived in Devangaon, about 18 km from the district headquarters.
According to police, Majen is a habitual addict and had silently snuck up in the house of one Kamleshwar Nath on the wee hours of Saturday and slept there. A woman found him lying on the floor and upon noticing that she did not know who Majen was, she locked him inside and called the locals. The locals arrived on the scene and proceeded to beat him.
Majen was taken to the nearest Botiamari police station where they found that he was not a thief but an addict who upon finding the doors to the house ajar went to sleep in his fits of high said, police officials.
This is also not the first case of mob lynching in Assam this year. A 26-year-old was killed in broad daylight in Guwahati in June which sparked huge protests all over the state.