Magisterial probe into fatal assault of youth in Assam tea estate

Magisterial probe into fatal assault of youth in Assam tea estate

Agency News

Guwahati, May 31 : A magisterial enquiry has been ordered and four persons arrested in an incident of mob violence, leading to death of a youth and leaving another seriously injured, in Mariani in Jorhat district of Assam.

Jorhat deputy commissioner Roshni Korati said two youths, Debasish Gogoi and Aditya Das, were assaulted in Gabroo Tea Estate near Mariani town on May 29.

The injured were shifted immediately to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital. However, Debashish died at the hospital last evening. "Four arrests have been made in the case so far.

A magisterial enquiry to be conducted by ADC Biswajit Phukan has been ordered," the DC said. She appealed to all concerned to maintain peace and harmony, while adding that the situation is under control and close watch is being kept. Meanwhile, contradictory versions of how the tension between the victims and the local tea garden workers started have emerged, with the surviving youth claiming that their scooter had met with an accident at the spot and two women workers of the tea garden were injured slightly.

These led the other workers of the tea garden to gherao the two boys and beat them up, leading to the death of Debasish and leaving Aditya injured. However, the tea garden workers have claimed that a group of youths, numbering about 7-8 including the two victims, wanted to visit a tourist spot in the area, which can be reached through the tea garden. When the gateman refused them entry due to lockdown norms, the group allegedly started beating a local boy.

The other workers reached the spot on hearing the commotion and started beating the two boys as the others reportedly escaped. Debasish’s father and sister rushed to the spot on being informed of the incident, but the mob allegedly did not allow them to get down from the car and only dispersed after the two youths were severely beaten up. (UNI)