Karbi Anglong: The issues of disbelief and suspicions leading to the death of innocent still continues today in some parts of the state of Assam.
In the most recent case, a 40-year-old man was lynched at Karashi Bey village of Bakalia in the district of Karbi Anglong.
The victim – Monsing Rongpi, a 40-year-old man from Barelong Bay village under Bakalia police station was caught by the village residents in an 'objectionable position' with a woman, following which, he was tied to a football goalpost and was thrashed to death by a group of an angry mob.
The incident came to light to the Bakalia police later when some locals informed the Bakalia police station in the next day and upon which a total of 8 suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing.
The arrested have been identified as — Sampri Teron (24), Kahanbamon Tokbi (18), Siva Ronghang, Waisong Kramsa (19), Jip Enghi, Hukumsing Ranghang (18), Rustom Rangphar (25) and Dhaniram Rangphar (30).
A case bearing the number 09/21 has been registered by the Bakalia police.
Rongpi's body has been sent to Diphu Medical College and Hospital for post-mortem examination.
Notably, in 2018, the abhorrent and contemptible mob lynching of two Assamese youth Nilotpal Das and Abhijit Nath in Karbi Anglong's Dokmoka garnered nation-wide protests and a trial is underway in the case since then.
Yet again in October last year, a 50-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man on suspicion of being witches were burnt to death by a mob in Dokmoka.
Meanwhile, with the aim of reforming the age-old superstitious beliefs in the society by raising scientific temper, the district administration of Chirang kick-started a mass awareness campaign 'Sanskar: Manuhe Manuhor Babe' in the district on Monday.
As a nodal officer of the awareness campaign, Nirmali Baruah, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Chirang, inaugurated the programme held at Thaikajhora market in the presence of Bengtal Revenue Circle Officer Pulak Biswas, District Social Welfare Officer Shyameswar Mashahary and other dignitaries. The campaign will be conducted through short plays and public awareness meetings.
As per scheduled dates, after Monday's programme at Thaikajhora market, the same will be held on February 9 at Panbari market, on February 11 at Bengtal market, on February at 12 Ballamguri market and on February 13 at Shantipur market.