Abhi-Neel Lynching Case: ‘Hostile’ Prime Eyewitness Skips Crucial Hearing

Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath were beaten to death by a group of irate villagers in Karbi Anglong district of Assam on June 8th, 2018 over suspicion of being child-lifters.


Nagaon, June 12, 2019

The Nagaon District and Sessions Court had recalled witness number 17 – Numol Basumatary – for re-examination in the sensational Dokmoka mob lynching case, however, he didn’t show up for the hearing on June 12th, 2019.

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The Gauhati High Court on June 11th, 2019 upheld the decision of the Nagaon District and Sessions Court and directed to re-examine the prime witness in connection with the Dokmoka lynching case. It may be mentioned that the Court of Sessions Judge, Nagaon, on June 7th, 2019 had recalled Basumatary for re-examination on June 12th, 2019, which was subsequently challenged in the High Court.

As per information, citing medical emergency, Basumatary skipped the hearing on June 12th, 2019. The Nagaon district and sessions court has declared Basumatary as ‘hostile’ and allowed the prosecution to cross-question him. The Court of Sessions Judge, Nagaon has served another notice to Basumatary to produce himself on June 29th, 2019 for the cross-examination of his statement.

On June 8th, 2018, Nilotpal Das, a sound engineer based in Goa, and Abhijeet Nath, a businessman from Guwahati, had gone to a picnic spot Kangthilangso in Karbi Anglong. The duo was stopped by some villagers at Panjuri under Dokmoka Police Station on their way back, pulled out of the car and beaten up to death with bamboo sticks and kicks. The SUV in which they were travelling in was also vandalized by the angry mob.

It is to mention that all the accused in the case have appealed for their bail before the Gauhati High Court. The High Court has asked for a detailed report of the case within June 21st, 2019. Assam Police in its charge sheet had named 48 persons as accused, including a minor.