Members of the Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad (TAYP) and Asom Jatiyabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) on Monday staged demonstrations in protest against the alleged lynching of Debashish Gogoi by workers of Gabroo Purbat tea estate near Mariani in Jorhat district recently.
Tha TAYP, Mariani in Jorhat district and Charaideo (Charaideo district) units, while maintaining social distancing norms due to the COVID-19 lockdown guidelines during their protests, demanded compensation of Rs 20 lakh to be paid to the family of Debashish Gogoi.
They also demanded trial of the case by a fast track court.
They also demanded hanging of those found guilty in the beating up of and subsequent death of Debashish.
Both Jorhat Lok Sabha MP Topon Gogoi and Assam Rajya Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa on Monday visited the house of Debashish at Milgaon, Puthinidi, Mariani and expressed their grief at his death.
Later talking to newspersons, Topon Gogoi said he had spoken to state chief minister Sarbananda Gogoi regarding the setting up of a fast track court to try the case.
Tasa, while condemning the incident commiserated with the family in their hour of grief.
Meanwhile, police have picked up three more persons for questioning on Sunday night in this connection.
Out of the five arrested on Sunday, three, Ashok Sawra, Sachin Sawra and Radheshyam Kurmi, all workers of the tea estate, have been sent to three days police remand.
Debashish Gogoi, a 24 year old youth along with a friend Aditya Das (23 years) of Deberapar Chariali, were allegedly beaten up by workers of Gabroo Purbat tea estate under Deberapar police outpost near the Assam-Nagaland border on Friday evening.
Debashish succumbed to his injuries at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital on Saturday evening where he had been brought in an unconscious state from the tea estste.
Aditya also reportedly is still under treatment at JMCH for his injuries.
Debashish, Aditya and seven others had gone to the tea estate on three scootys and one motorcycle for an outing.
On the way back the scooty which was reportedly being driven by Aditya with Debashish riding pillion hit three tea workers including two women, one of who was badly injured in her leg and was hospitalized.
As per reports, a section of irate tea workers, returning from work, allegedly beat up both Aditya and Debashish, which later resulted in the latter’s death in hospital.
A magisterial inquiry has been ordered by the district administration.