Army, cops rescue 3 ‘sadhus’ from lynch mob

Army, cops rescue 3 ‘sadhus’ from lynch mob

SILCHAR: Three sadhus, two from UP and one from Gujarat, were rescued by Army and police personnel before they could be lynched by locals on suspicion of being child lifters at Mahur railway station in Assam’s Dima Hasao district on Thursday. Under similar circumstances, villagers, exactly a month ago, had beaten to death two visitors from Guwahati at a tourist spot in neighbouring Karbi Anglong district.

SP (Dima Hasao) Prasanta Saikia said, “People had become suspicious after rumours about child thieves were floated in the area. Hundreds of people gathered and accosted the sadhus when they reached Mahur. Army and police personnel reached the spot while the mob was rummaging through their belongings.” The three were reportedly going towards Silchar from Guwahati after attending the Ambubachi Mela at the Kamakhya Temple.

Three youths were taken into custody. Additional SP (Dima Hasao) Pusp Raj Singh said, “The three were freed after interrogation. The sadhus said they were from Delhi and were stopped by the locals who mistook them for child thieves.” Deputy commissioner Amitabh Rajkhowa said, “We have asked people not to take the law into their hands and report to us if they come across anything suspicious.”

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