Assam lynching case: Probe ordered into allegations of NSUI being accused of searching people from Karbi Anglong

Assam lynching case: Probe ordered into allegations of NSUI being accused of searching people from Karbi Anglong

The Telegraph | June 12, 2018

Guwahati: Assam PCC president Ripun Bora on Monday ordered a probe into allegations that members of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI), the students' wing of the Congress, are searching for people from neighbouring Karbi Anglong in Nagaon district of central Assam after the lynchings that took place on Friday night in Karbi Anglong.

The probe order came after local TV channels on Sunday telecast news that NSUI members were allegedly looking for people from Karbi Anglong to avenge the death of two youths from Guwahati in Karbi Anglong district on Friday.

Assam PCC vice-president Pradyut Bordoloi said: "We have come to know about the allegations through news channels and our president has ordered a probe. We will thoroughly look into the matter and take stern action if anyone from our party is involved in such activities."

Bordoloi suspects that such activities, if true, are a political conspiracy. "In any condition, we will never support such activities. The lynching incident was very shocking and it is a shame for us. But it does not mean that all people of the district are responsible for it. We should come together against such activities," he said.

On Monday, a statement issued by #PCC general secretary Apurba Kumar Bhattacharya, criticised the BJP-led Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council for their inactiveness after the lynching incident.

However, normalcy returned to Nagaon town following arrests of five youths involved in Sunday's agitation demanding exodus of Karbi students from Nagaon schools. Students from neighbouring Karbi Anglong, staying in private hostels in Nagaon, fled the central Assam town when some goons targeted them.

Nagaon town has 61 junior colleges and at least 10 per cent of total enrolments are from the two hill districts – Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong. More than 20 per cent students who have enrolled in Nawgong College, Nagaon Girls' College and ADP College are from that area.

Nawgong College principal Sarat Borkakoty said on Monday that sufficient arrangements are being made to ensure the security of the hostel students. "Nobody has left our hostel as none of our students face any threat," he said.

According to Nagaon police, five persons were arrested. "A student leader is the prime accused. He is absconding. There could be political reasons behind the Nagaon incident," a police source said.

The above story was published first in The Telegraph written by MANASH PRATIM DUTTA and SARAT SARMA

Featured image courtesy: Daily News

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