Similar to the incidents of mob lynchings in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bangalore, Chennai, an angry mob lynched two youths from Guwahati to death on suspicion of being child kidnappers in a remote area in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam.
Here is one of the tweets that we have accessed along with the fake images (the below message is from Odisha, however same images along with various captions in regional languages and with the name of local cities are being spread)
ସାର୍ ଏହି ଫଟୋ social media ରେ ଘୁରି ବୁଲୁଛି।Andhra Pradesh,srikakulam police ଦ୍ୱାରା ଓଡ଼ିଶାର Raygada,Gajapati district କୁ high alert କରାଯାଇଛି, ଜେ କିଛି ବିହାର ଲୋକ ଭିକାରି ଅଭିନୟ କରି ଲୋକଙ୍କୁ ମାରି ଦେଉଛନ୍ତି।ସାର୍ ଏ ଘଟଣା କେତେ ସତ୍ୟ?? @odisha_police pic.twitter.com/zbcjeHI53t
— Bhabani Kumar (@bhabani_kumar) May 23, 2018
“He had called up his girlfriend (who did not wish to be named) around 6 pm on Friday and promised to return home soon. But around half an hour later, his phone was unreachable.
Around 8 pm, the frantic calls of his girlfriend were answered by one of his alleged attackers: “We’ve killed him. You can see it in the newspapers tomorrow” says a TOI report about the lynching of Abhijeet and his friend due to fake Whatsapp messages about child abductors.
The two young men were identified as Nilotpal Das (29) and Abhijeet Nath (30) who were returning to Guwahati after visiting the Kathilangso in the Dokmoka district area, known for its scenic waterfalls.
It was late evening, the locals suspected the two youths to be child abductors and started beating them. Although the youths tried to convince the mob that they were not child abductors, there were no takers for their appeal.
“Don’t kill me…please don’t beat me. I am an Assamese. Believe me, I am speaking the truth. My father’s name is Gopal Chandra Das and mother’s name is Radhika Das…please let me go,” he is heard in the video as reported by NDTV.
The mob continued to hit them mercilessly until they lay motionless on the road. Villagers cut off Nilutpal’s dreadlocks and they were found on the spot along with their belongings stained with blood.
According to a report by The Indian Express a police officer at Dokmoka said, “Our men rushed to the spot as soon as they got the information. By the time we reached, one person (Nath) had collapsed but the other showed some signs of life. We rushed him to the nearest hospital, where he was declared brought dead”.
The locals even attacked policemen when security forces tried to intervene and control the situation.
The video of the incident had gone viral on the social media of the youths pleading while the locals are beating them to death.
According to a report by The Telegraph India, “Their “long hair” apparently aroused the suspicion of the villagers, who had heard on social media that child kidnappers from outside Assam were roaming the state,” a police officer said.
The police took the injured victims to a hospital but they died on the way. A Diphu town resident has been arrested for “spreading fake news” and rumours of child kidnappers on a Facebook page with thousands of followers. While the police arrested 15 people in relation to the case, many young men have left the village owing to the fear of police action.
Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ordered state police ADGP Mukesh Agarwala to rush to the spot and take stern action against the culprits.
This was yet another incident of two youths who fell victim to fake social media reports on child-kidnapping or child theft. Incidents of mob lynching and fake child abductions have happened in the past.
Assam: People protesting against the lynching of two men in Karbi Anglong, clashed with Police in Guwahati late last night pic.twitter.com/4z3J6KxMFJ
— ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2018
What we should do is to be fully aware of what we are sharing and what we are reading. Report a false news as and when you see it because there are people who take things in their hands and it is when incidents like these happen. We cannot let people die just because of something which is false and untrue.
Last month, two people died due to false Whatsapp forwards about child abduction, read all about it, here.
We plead to our readers to not forward any such Whatsapp message about child abductors moving in your area, these are fake messages and you can be arrested for the same, also anyone can become the mob’s next target.