- All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) leader Animesh Bhuyan was killed and two others including a local journalist were injured on Monday when an unruly mob attacked them in Jorhat town of Assam.
JORHAT- The prime accused in the Assam’s Jorhat mob lynching case Wednesday died in a road accident while trying to flee police custody, said the police.
Niraj Das, who was among the 13 arrested for allegedly beating an All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) leader Animesh Bhuyan to death in Jorhat on Monday, was declared dead on arrival by the doctors after he was allegedly accidentally hit by a police vehicle late on Tuesday night.
“The investigating officer was interrogating him last evening when he revealed some information on a hidden drug assignment,” Jorhat SP Ankur Jain told media.
When the police team along with Das, are on the way to recovered those drugs, Das jumped out of the back of the police jeep and the escort vehicle behind him accidentally rammed him over,” said Jain.
The escort vehicle also lost its balance and collided into a wall, injuring three policemen inside it. While the injured have been taken to the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH), Das was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) leader Animesh Bhuyan was killed and two others including a local journalist were injured on Monday when an unruly mob attacked them in Jorhat town of Assam. The incident reportedly took place after a man was injured in a road accident.
However the police had said Bhuyan’s vehicle had not rammed into the elderly man, but the latter, who was drunk, had fallen off his scooter on his own. When Bhuyan and his friends, who happened to be close by, rushed to help him, the man started shouting and said that they had run him over. Thereafter, a mob gathered and the situation turned violent.
Das, who was the old man’s son, was also part of the mob, and is known to be a habitual offender.
“He has several drug-related cases against him,” said Jain, adding that even the old man is among the 13 arrested.