“Nothing good ever comes of violence”. —Luther
In this world of human affairs the worst nuisance is violence. One who is capable of indulging in violence for gaining the ends does not hesitate to resort to untruth in both speech and action. Violence emanate from economic backwardness, unemployment and other disparities that lead to serious problems and have to be tackled firmly and unambiguously with determination. Capital punishment given to persons guilty of serious crimes has utterly failed to serve its purpose due to increasing number of killings. Violence must be adjured for the good as the harm that heinous crimes do is everlasting. The culpable should not be allowed to abscond and go scot-free but should be made to atone for the wrong doings.
On June 8, two Guwahati youth–Nilotpal Das , a sound engineer based in Goa and his artist friend Abhijeet Nath, a mechanical engineer based in Guwahati set out for Kangthilangso, a picnic spot in Panjuri village, Dokmoka, Karbi Anglong. They were fond of pristine natural beauty and went there to rejuvenate in the lap of nature and to pick up the sounds of nature. They were in their casual outfits and hairstyle. But the local people suspected them to be child lifters.
In the evening, when they were returning from Kangthilangso in a Scorpio, a violent mob of around 200 people that mostly remain inebriated stopped their vehicle, dragged them out and beat them mercilessly. The two were wounded beyond recognition. On hearing about the incident from the local people, the police reached the spot immediately. The two were rushed to the nearest hospital but both died on the way. Then their mortal remains were brought to Guwahati.
Videos of the brutal incident went viral, flooding the social media which was followed by condemnation from all sections of the society. Rocking the entire state, thousands of people from numerous organisations vehemently protested on the roads demanding speedy trial and punishment of the culprits, condemning the incident .It ended the bright and brilliant careers of the two boys and made the parents collapse in shock.
“The peoples’ movement that is going on should continue till positive impact is gained, punishing the culprits. Now I’m fighting for justice”, said deeply grieved Gopal Das father of Nilotpal Das. His mother Radhika Das fell down unconscious on receiving the first visuals of her wailing son Nilotpal.
Born on 21st May 1989, Nilotpal passed class xii exams from Faculty H S School, North Guwahati. He joined Aurobindo College New Delhi and completed B. Com due to his father’s initiative. He then went to Mumbai and joined SAE College for studying electronic music art and design and completed the course of sound engineer in 2014.Being a versatile genius; he learned how to play different instruments right from his childhood. He had an inclination towards organic musical instruments and so he shifted to Goa to develop art, music, design and decoration. He opened a company giving the name semaluna.com. He conducted event management programmes in Goa, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh till his sudden tragic end.
Haren Saìkia, a senior advocate of Titabar, Jorhat visited the parents of Nilotpal and Abhijeet. His first son Zhankar Saikia was also killed by a violent mob of karbis in Diphu in 2013. Soon after the incident, due to a grave shock, Haren Saikia’s family left Diphu and went to Titabar to settle down there.” I was with Zhankar when the karbis attacked .It was after Zhankar passed his HS exams in Diphu.I tried to save my son from the fatal blows but that was an utter failure. My son lost his life and I was seriously injured in the attack.”, said a grieving Haren Saikia
His wife and second son both are under a deep shock even now. After leaving Diphu, now they mostly remain inside the house in Titabar.
Ajit Kumar Nath and Sashiprabha Nath, the parents of Abhijeet Nath are completely devastated and distressed as they lost their only child. Abhijeet, born on 19th September, 1989, completed class x exams from Little Flower school, Hatigaon. He passed Higher Secondary from KV, CRPF camp, 9th mile, Guwahati. He then went to SRM college Chennai and completed the course of mechanical engineer. He was deeply driven towards nature and natural beauty. The two dogs in his house are in a disturbed state.He had just started to work as a contractor in Guwahati. Abhijeet’s father is having a tough time feeding the fishes in the seven aquariums that are there in the house.
The government and civil society must now work together to punish the culprits. The Assam Police has recommended for a fast track trial of the accused, probing all angles of the case. T.Y.Das, Chief Secretary, Assam has said that the government will leave no stone unturned to punish the culprits. The police department of government of Assam has decided to form a unit for cyber patrolling to stop the occuring of such incidents. The Assam Human Rights Commission has started to probe this Karbi Anglong lynching incident. Rajen Gohain, Union Railway Minister visited the houses of both the boys and assured the parents all help and support. Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister, Assam is extending cooperation to have a speedy trial of the culprits.