Guwahati, June 12: The family of one of the two youths lynched in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district has said they had advised the men to go out in a bigger group, say media reports.  “When Nilotpal told me around 10 am that he is leaving for an interior area in Karbi Anglong with only one more friend, I told him it is advisable that he goes with a group of five or six friends,” recounts Gopal Chandra Das, a retired government employee, the father of Nilotpal Basu, on the victims, in a report in The Indian Express. (Also read: Two Tribals Beaten to Death in Aurangabad)

“But he convinced me that it was safe. He said they will return that night or the next morning,” said Das. Hours later, Nilotpal and his friend Abhijeet Nath (30) were caught in a video recorded on a cellphone being thrashed by a mob, the size of which eyewitnesses put at around 500. Locals suspected them to be “child abductors”.

By Monday evening, 23 people had been arrested. A Diphu resident was arrested on Sunday for spreading the fake news on Facebook. Nilotpal was a musician. “For the past four years, Nilotpal was fully into music. He also loved travelling,” said Das. He said Nilotpal completed a solo bike ride from Goa to Guwahati. “Nothing happened to him during his long rides but in his own home state…,” said his mother Radhika.

Abhijeet’s father Ajit Kumar Nath said,”Those who have done this should be punished appropriately. That’s the only thing I have to say. What happened to the duo should not be repeated, ever again.” Abhijeet had turned entrepreneur after graduating as a mechanical engineer. Some members of the Nath family said they demand a fast-track court and a CBI probe into the case.