Vegetable vendor lynched in Assam’s Hajo; social media erupts in anger

In an apparent case of road rage and intolerance, a vegetable vendor was allegedly beaten to death by a group of men after his bicycle hit their car near Hajo in Assam on May 24.

The vegetable vendor was identified as Sanatan Deka. The incident took place at Monahkuchi village, when the vendor was returning home after selling vegetables.

Reports said that the car was driven by one Faizur Hoque who was accompanied by four others. After their car was allegedly hit by the bicycle, they engaged in an argument with the vegetable vendor. In a fit of rage, they then started beating Deka.

Police said that critically-injured Deka was later taken to a hospital in Hajo by locals. But he succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital.

On May 25, Assam Police ADGP (Law and Order) GP Singh informed that two of the prime accused in the murder case have been apprehended.

“The two prime accused of the Sanatan Deka murder case of Hajo (Kamrup) – Faizur Hoque @ Dali and Eyusuf Uddin Ahmed – have been apprehended in connection with Hajo PS case no. 480/2020 u/s 120(B)/302 IPC,” he tweeted.

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The news of the barbaric act led to severe criticism on the social media with hundreds of netizens asking for exemplary punishment for the accused. Several caricatures seeking ‘Justice for Sanatan’ flooded the internet.

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