MONJIB MOCHAHARI | http://www.posttruthinfo.wordpress.com |1 June 2016 |
When people across Assam are celebrating the success stories of BJP’s electoral victory and HSLC results, tribal people in Udalguri district are forced to live in a tense situation. On the early morning of 30 May 2016, around 4 am, a 15-year of tribal student named Sansuma Ramchiary was tortured like a dreaded criminal by some anti-tribal savages on suspicion of theft in Harisinga. No major media has reported this disturbing development. The local administration has absolutely failed take any prompt step to arrest the perpetrators of the heinous crime happening just 300 metres away from the local police station. As of now, only one accused named Anjan Das has been arrested. The rest of the accused are abscounding. The incident occured just two days before Sarbananda Sonowal took oath as Assam’s Chief Minister.
There is a similarity of punishment given to him for mysterious with that of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria. I couldn’t believe when I heard first that such type of primitive mob justice took place in my home town. The words are not neough to discribe the gravity of the torture.
Sansuma was tied to a post and severely beaten till he felt on his knees. His body was cut with sharp razors and blades, spread lime and chilly powder all over his body. Wooden sticks and canes felt on his bodies for hours. The ordeal continued for over three hours till he felt flat on the ground without consciouness. A close relative of the victim feels, it is a repeatation of what people witnessed during the AGP government in the late 1980s when hundreds of innocent Bodo youths were tortured and handed over to police custody for mysterious reasons.
The victim is a Class IX student at Harisinga H.S.School, a popular school in the area. He is from Damdam area in Baksa district, but living with his brother-in-law in Towmari village (Niz Harisinga). He has been studying in Harisinga H.S. School from class VI. His family doesn’t enjoy sound economic life as result of which the young boy is forced to navigate a difficult situation.
The Harisinga police, under IO Umesh Bordoloi, have registered the case under IPC 342/325/326 and R/W 23 Juvenile Justice Act/2000. As per the FIR filed (41/16) by Praneswar Ramchiary at Harisinga police station on 30 May 2016, Sri Ratan Das (owner of the shop), Babul Das, Tupa Das, Mukut Das, all from Harisinga town area were involved in the crime. It is alleged there are more people who incited the mob violence. Even after 24 hours, the accused were not arrested. They are on the run, people say.