A court in Jorhat district of the state has pronounced death penalty to Sanjay Rajkonwar, main convict in the sensational Dr Deben Dutta mob lynching case, on Tuesday.
The court also ordered life imprisonment to 24 others who were involved in the case which rocked the entire state in September, 2019.
Out of the 31 accused, previously on October 12, the Jorhat District Sessions Judge convicted 25 in the killing of the senior doctor; six of accused were declared to be innocent.
Dr Dutta, who hailed from Teok Jagduar, was lynched by a mob of tea garden workers at a hospital. The 72-year-old later succumbed to his injuries at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital. He had sustained severe injuries after being assaulted by tea garden labourers following the death of a patient, Sukra Majhi (32), who was a labourer in Teok Tea Estate.
A massive outcry for justice reverberated throughout the State regarding the lynching of Dutta. The Indian Medical Association (IMA), Assam state branch even announced a 24-hour strike in Assam on September 3, 2019. Additionally, two senior doctors working at two separate tea estates of Assam (one from Hunwal Tea Estate in Assam’s Golaghat district) also tendered their resignation, reportedly over security reasons, after the brutal killing.
Even, the anti-talks faction of the United Liberation front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) threatened to take stringent action against those involved in such acts in the future.
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