The fathers of mob lynching victims at Panjuri Kachari Gaon under Dokmoka Police Station in Karbi Anglong – Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das – met Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on June 19 and put forward their suggestions and opinions for awarding maximum punishment to the culprits.

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Abhijeet’s father Ajit Kumar Nath and Nilotpal’s father Gopal Chandra Das made a written submission to the chief minister for constituting a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to expeditiously take up the case.

The chief minister assured that all measures have been taken so that culprits receive maximum punishment accorded for the crime and no loopholes would be left in the investigation for the perpetrators to escape as the SIT under a DSP has already been constituted for the case. Because of the swift action of Assam Police almost all the accused are nabbed in a short period of time and subsequently, the Chief Justice of Gauhati high court would be requested to put the trial in fast track court for speedy justice delivery, Sonowal said. The chief minister stated that he is personally monitoring the progress of the case as the crime has tarnished the image of the state and he has also directed the police for consulting an expert criminal lawyer while preparing the charge-sheet of the case so that technical loopholes do not remain through which the criminals can escape.

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The fathers of the two slain youths along with their friends requested that a competent and experienced police officer of higher rank must be in-charge of the SIT.

Saying that that it is the government’s duty is to ensure that justice is not denied and exemplary punishment is meted out to the culprits, Sonowal said that the state’s guest friendly image has taken a beating in view of the incident and government is committed to take all measures to redeem that image.

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