GUWAHATI, Nov 8 - The trial into the Dokmoka mob lynching case began today at Nagaon with lawyers appearing for the family members of the deceased – Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath – pleading before the court that all the 47 accused be booked under Sections 302 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Both Nilotpal and Abhijeet were lynched by an irate mob in July this year in the Dokmoka area suspecting them of being child lifters.
As many as 47 of the total 48 (one juvenile) accused in the case were today produced before the Court of Sessions Judge, Nagaon for framing of charges.
Although the place of occurrence was Karbi Anglong, the case was later transferred to the Court of Sessions Judge, Nagaon in the interest of fair trial and safety of the witnesses at the behest of the Gauhati High Court.
Advocates Bijon Mahajan and Nayan Das, who represented the families of the deceased in the court, made arguments to the effect that as all the 47 accused were present at the place and time of occurrence, they should be booked under Sections 302 and 149 of the IPC.
While Section 302 of the IPC relates to murder, Section 149 covers every member of unlawful assembly and guilty of offence committed with a common object. Special public prosecutor Ziaur Kamar, representing the State, also pleaded for framing of charges against the accused under relevant sections of the IPC.
The accused were represented by a battery of lawyers.
The court has fixed December 1 for passing of judicial order on framing of charge(s). Meanwhile, the court has also fixed November 22 as the date for appearance of all the accused as part of the routine production.
Further, the court has also fixed December 1 for hearing the matter relating to handcuffing of the accused, contrary to a Supreme Court directive, while being produced in the court, after complaints were made by defence lawyers.