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Karbi Bodies Express Dissatisfaction over Diphu Court Judgment in Jhankar Saikia Mob Lynching

Diphu, February 27, 2020:

Karbi Bodies have expressed dissatisfaction over the recent order of the Diphu Court pronouncing twelve out of the sixteen accused in the brutal mob lynching case of Jhankar Saikia.

According to the Karbi bodies, the family members of the persons convicted are dissatisfied with the decision of the Court and that they will appeal to a higher court.

It needs mention here that on June 25, 2013, Jhankar became the victim of mob assault in Diphu town in Assam. He was beaten to death by a group of auto-rickshaw drivers for a fare of Rs 10. Although he was rushed to a nearby hospital, he succumbed to the injuries.

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The Diphu Court, while addressing a press conference, said, “The twelve persons have been found guilty under Sections 147 (Rioting), 341 (Wrongful restraint), 323 (Voluntarily causing hurt) and 302 (Murder) read with Section 149 (livery member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the IPC.”

“…no such ingredient of an offence under Section 302 of the IPC has been found. We too are not satisfied with their conviction under Section 302 of the IPC,” added the Karbi bodies.

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The Karbi bodies include Karbi Anglong Joint Social Organisation of Karbi Student Association, Hill Tribal League Chairman Saising Rongpi, JACAS Chairman Khorsing Teron, Karbi Students’ Union, Karbi National Assembly, Karbi Farmers’ Association, KAIYA, KLNLF, KSYC and others.

“We have faith in the judicial system and hopefully expect that the Honourable Court would take judicious decision leaving no scope of punishing the culprits. Further, we expect the Court would take the community /tribe, age, family-background. Physical condition of persons convicted into consideration while taking decision so that the convicts, their family members and the society are reasonably satisfied the decision,” stated by the Karbi Bodies’ leaders.

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