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Justice Awaits: One Year Of Assam Lynching Case of Animesh Bhuyan

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In broad daylight, Animesh Bhuyan, a student union leader, was lynched by a mob in Jorhat. The shocking mob lynching case occurred in Assam on 29 November 2021, when a 23-year-old student leader was beaten to death in upper Assam’s Jorhat town. A video of the evening incident quickly went viral on social media. The video shows around 50-60 people brutally attacking All Assam Student Leader Animesh Bhuyan and his two friends in a crowded place where allegedly a couple of Assam police personnel were also present who stood helpless as the heinous crime was being committed.

Animesh and his friends had continued to shout about their innocence, but the mob had ignored them and beaten them to a pulp. The Jorhat Police team arrived quickly, and the critically injured trio was rushed to the Jorhat Medical College Hospital (JMCH), where doctors declared Animesh Bhuyan dead on arrival.

According to witnesses, the mob attacked them after they attempted to assist an elderly person involved in a minor two-wheeler accident. They were attempting to assist a man who had fallen from his scooter on the road when a mob led by a few unscrupulous individuals began attacking them, accusing them of being responsible for the accident.

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In July 2022, The Jorhat District Sessions Judge Court, which is hearing the murder trial of ex-AASU leader Animesh Bhuyan, recorded the testimony of two eyewitnesses.

At least 12 accused were brought before the court on Wednesday for identification in the presence of witnesses.

According to media reports, Jorhat Traffic Inspector Prabhat Saikia and one police constable testified in court.

Notably, the trial began in April last year in the sensational murder of ex-All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) leader of Jorhat, Animesh Bhuyan.

Niraj, the main suspect in the Jorhat lynching case, died in a car accident while attempting to flee police custody.

The lynching occurred in broad daylight on November 29, 2021, in a busy market area of Jorhat town.

On November 30, 2021, state Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma ordered the state police to provide the charge sheet within 30 days for a speedy trial, assuring stern action in the case.

However, no one has been punished as of yet, and the trial has not been completed by the court.

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