Two brothers with criminal records — released from jail a few days back on parole owing to the Supreme Court directive to decongest prisons due to the COVID-19 outbreak — were killed in mob violence in Assam’s Baksa district on Wednesday, police said.
“They were released a few days back and went to their village last night. We are trying to ascertain what exactly transpired between the villagers and the men. A mob of villagers attacked their house and killed the two persons,” the officer added.
Biswajit Das (24) and Haradhan Das (35), residents of a village under Gobardhana police station of the district, were killed early morning on Wednesday. A senior district police officer of Baksa told The Indian Express that there were criminal cases related to extortion and threatening against the two brothers over the last 10-15 years.
Multiple residents of neighbouring areas that The Indian Express spoke to said the brothers had earned the ire of the villagers for a long time now because of extortions, threats and even, alleged kidnapping.
“They used to extort money from daily-wagers like rickshaw pullers. They were arrested after a lot of complaints from the people of the area. But it is completely wrong to take law in their own hands, whatever may be the case,” a local said, on the condition of anonymity.
The senior police officer also said that the manhunt was launched to nab the alleged killers and further information is awaited.
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