Prime accused in Assam lynching arrested, ‘made phone call about child abductors’

Guwahati, Jun 13: Police in Assam have arrested a 30-year-old man alleged to be the prime accused in the lynching of two men, who were killed last week on suspicion of being “child lifters” in the state’s Karbi Anglong district, a senior official said on Wednesday.
“He is the prime instigator of the incident. It is him who made that phone call to the villagers spreading the rumour of the presence of two child lifters,” director general of police Kuladhar Saikia said.
Alphajoz Timung was apprehended on Tuesday night after being on the run for a few days since the lynching.
“He was on the run on his motorbike within a geographical area of 20 square kilometres. We managed to track him down through the three cell phones he was carrying,” a senior police official said. Nilotpal Das, a Goa-based sound engineer, and Guwahati-based businessman Abhijeet Das were on their way to a popular waterfall in Kangthilangso on June 8 when they were lynched by approximately 250 locals in Panjari Kachari village on suspicion of being “child lifters”.