The recent incident of two young Assamese men being lynched has underlined how social media networks like Facebook and mass messaging services like WhatsApp can be pivotal in creating mass outrage.
The Mob Lynching of Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das in Assam’s Karbi Anglong is also a grim reminder of ethnic violence. The incident not only reflects marginalization of the Karbi community but also rising social complications due to the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Already the northeastern state has witnessed violence with regard to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which categorically looks to reunite dominant Assamese and ethnic tribes in the state.
The biggest irony of the Mob Lynching Incident is, in social media only, people are campaigning to ensure justice delivered to the duo from Assam.
The Facebook page ‘Justice for Nilotpal and Abhijeet’ has already garnered over 1 lakh members. Not only people from other states have called for justice, but also those from US, Russia, Philippines, Thailand, Nepal and other countries have strongly condemned the incident.
As of now, 30 arrests have been made by the police. Interestingly, the mob lynching incident has brought forward the problems of Karbi Anglong. The illegal mining of quartz and timber is no clear and the close nexus of the mafias.
There is no denying the fact that there is indeed scope for reviewing Citizenship Amendment Bill which is creating huge mayhem in the state. To have the name in the list or not – has become the biggest debate right now.
The ruling BJP is definitely aware of the impact of it and probable repercussions in the election mandate. The mob lynching incident highlights where Assam is still lagging behind and the old political habit of polarization which is causing great harm to the secular fabric of the nation.