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Jorhat mob-lynching: Trial in fast-track court, rehabilitation of victim’s kin

Animesh Bhuyan, the leader of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), was lynched by a mob in Jorhat on Monday. “The trial will be done in a fast-track court,” education minister Dr Pegu tweeted, announcing the Assam government’s decision to fast-track the trial.

Dr. Pegu, who arrived in Jorhat on Monday evening at the request of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, and Mariani MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi paid a visit to the victim’s home in Khakandaguri village, Dergaon police station, Golaghat district, on Tuesday. The minister expressed his condolences to the victim’s family.

“At Khakandaguri village under Dergaon PS, visited and offered my condolences to the bereaved family members of Animesh Bhuyan who was brutally killed in Jorhat yesterday,” Dr Pegu wrote on Twitter, alongside photos of his visit to Animesh Bhuyan’s home.

According to Minister Pegu, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has already directed the police to file the charge sheet within 15 days.

“The Hon’ble Chief Minister, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, has already directed that the chargesheet be filed within 15 days,” Dr. Pegu said.

The Jorhat Police Department has arrested a total of 13 people for the murder of Animesh Bhuyan. After video footage of a mob attacking AASU leader Animesh Bhuyan and journalist Mridusmanta Baruah surfaced on social media, outrage reigned. So far, 13 suspects have been apprehended by Jorhat Police.

Bitopan Das, Abinash Bora, Chiranjib Das, Bikram Das, Subas Bora, Deba Das, Saru Lora Das, and Mohan Das are among those arrested.

Kola Lora, the main suspect who had been missing since Monday, was apprehended by police on Tuesday. On Monday evening, Assam GP Singh, Special Director General of Police (Law & Order), said the investigation would be monitored at the highest level, including the CID, Assam Police, Assam government, and the CMO.

Dipaka Nath, the president of the AASU, and Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya, the chief adviser, paid a visit to the victim’s home and met his family.

While condemning the incident, Nath promised the victim’s family that the AASU would pursue justice for Animesh Bhuyan’s killers.

The AASU leaders demanded that the killers be executed. According to Bhattacharya, the trial in the fast-track court, as promised by the government, should be time-limited. “Every single one of the killers must be apprehended and prosecuted,” Bhattacharya said.

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