In custody, Assam lynching accused killed in accident | India News – Times of India

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GUWAHATI: The prime accused in the lynching of an All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu) leader in Jorhat two days ago was “accidentally” killed early on Wednesday when he allegedly jumped out of a police car in a bid to escape and was fatally hit by an escort vehicle. Neeraj Das, alias Kola Lora, was to be produced in court during the day.
Jorhat SP Ankur Jain said three cops in the vehicle trailing the one ferrying Neeraj were injured as the car crashed into a roadside wall after hitting him. This happened when the arrested youth, also being investigated for narcotics smuggling, was being taken to Nakachari in Mariani around 1.30am to show where he had hidden a suspected drugs consignment.
“At Cinnamora, on the way to Mariani (19km from Jorhat), he jumped out of the back of the vehicle and the escort vehicle accidentally hit him. The driver of the escort vehicle then lost control and collided with a wall,” the SP said. “Neeraj was rushed to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital along with three injured police personnel. He was declared dead on arrival.”
While Neeraj, arrested on Tuesday morning, didn’t make it to court, seven of his 12 co-accused were remanded in police custody and the rest sent to jail.
There has been widespread outrage over Aasu leader Animesh Bhuyan’s lynching last Monday when he and two others were attacked by a mob following an argument over how an accident occurred. Animesh and the other two youths — Mridusmanta Baruah and Pranay Datta — were apparently trying to help the accident victim but were instead blamed for it.
Without directly referring to the circumstances of Neeraj’s death, CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Many have said that Assam police have done well. But I am not satisfied. Why have we pushed our society to a position where our boys kill our boys only? After the Jorhat incident, I think it is high time we introspect”.
Sarma, who had given the police full authority to combat crime soon after taking over as CM, said the drive must continue.





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