Dokmoka lynching case
GUWAHATI, Sept 4: A division bench of the Gauhati High Court, comprising Chief Justice Ajit Sing and Justice Manojit Bhuyan on Monday ordered the sensational Dokmoka lynching case to be transferred to Nagaon District Court from Diphu CJM Court. The judgment has been given following a suo motu cognizance in one of its PIL.
In its order, the Gauhati High Court said, “The trial of the case be transferred outside Karbi Anglong to avoid undue influence from local factors. Having regard to the ghastly incident of lynching of two youths and surcharged atmosphere following the incident, there is every reason to believe that the witnesses will not be able to depose freely in Karbi Anglong. We accordingly direct that the case filed in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Karbi Anglong, Diphu be transferred immediately to the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Nagaon, who shall commit it for the trail to the Court of District & Session judge, Nagaon. We also direct that the District & Session Judge Nagaon shall herself take up the trial and not assign it to any Additional District & Session Judge. We further direct the District & Session Judge, Nagaon to fast track the trial and conclude the same as expeditiously as possible.”
Notably, on the horrific night of June 8, two youths from Guwahati – Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das were brutally lynched by a mob in Karbi Anglong’s Dokmoka area.