Babul Das and Tupa Das Accused in Mob Attack Arrested

Monjib Mochahari ||

Police today arrested two accused -Babul Das and Tupa Das- involved in the brutally assault of a 15 years old tribal boy leading to loss of vision in one eye at Harisinga in Assam’s Udalguri district on May 30 last.


Tupa Das (White)

Three other accused -Ratan Das,  Mukut Das, and Narayan Nera, -who are named in the FIR, – and still on the run. #MukutDas is a student leader (president of Udalguri district) of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad. Police have earlier arrested #AnjanDas.

A case under Sections 342/325/326 of the IPC and R/W 23 Juvenile Justice Act/2000 was lodged at Harisinga police station against the accused. Human rights activists, however, demanded that the section under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015, be included.

The victim, a 15 years old boy, resident of Towmari village and a Class-IX student of Harisinga Higher Secondary School, was brutally assault by a mob accusing him of a theft. The boy was out on his morning walk, took shelter on the verandah of a shop in the market after it started raining when a few people in the area came and accused him of stealing from a grocery store and took him to the nearby Raas field, where he was tied to a post, blindfolded and beaten until he became unconscious.

They didn’t stop at the beating but slashed him with blades and sharp razors too. After that, the mob slathered his body, including his eyes and ears with salt, lime and chilly powder. The ordeal continued for about three hours before he was handed over to the police in a critical condition. The area, where the incident took place, is just a few metres from Harisinga police station.

The boy was first admitted to Udalguri civil hospital but was later referred to Tezpur Medical College and Hospital, where his condition is stated to be still serious. He has also totally lost vision in one eye and is also having difficulty in hearing. (The Telegraph, 5 May 2016,


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