The Assam Police on Monday said that they have arrested 19 persons in connection with the lynching of two Guwahati-based youths in Karbi Anglong district by villagers who mistook them to be child abductors.
Additional director general of police (law and order) Mukesh Agarwala said that police was on the lookout for more people involved in the Friday evening incident.
Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath were brutally killed by a mob near Kathilangso waterfall. The incident has been widely condemned.
Agarwala said that the situation in Dokmoka, where the killings took place, was under control.
“There was tension in the area following the incident but it is under control now,” he said.
“In four to five villages around Dokmoka, fake posts went viral on social media about ‘xopadhara’ or child abductors in the area. Preliminary investigation says that the people in the area suspected the two youths as child lifters and attacked them,” he said.
“We appeal to people not to believe rumours and social media posts. We also appeal to the people to inform the police immediately if they find anyone spreading rumours and hate messages,” Agarwala added.
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday held a high-level meeting to take stock of the law and order situation in the state.
Sonowal asked director general of police Kuladhar Saikia to ensure police vigil on all activities and to put an end to canards likely to vitiate public order and peace. He said that no leniency should be shown to the culprits.