DIPHU, Oct 03: All Peoples’ Hills Leaders Conference (APHLC) today met and distributed essential food items to the family members of the 48 arrested persons connected with the Panjuri mob lynching. This was informed by APHLC member here this evening.
The APHLC Central Committee members who visited the family members of Kangthilangso area was led by president J.I. Kathar, treasurer Rajen Timung and central executive member Deori Teron among others. The APHLC distributed rice, biscuits and other food items to the family members of the affected families.
While speaking to the media, JI Kathar reminded that state electronic media and social media that the incident took place following fear psychosis created by continued airing news of child abductors prior to the incident. Kathar also said that the two youths lost their lives following attack on suspicion of child abductors and not because they were Assamese. The regional party also condemned the state news media for hijacking the incident towards communal line. He concluded his address urging the people of the hill district to extend their hands towards the families of the 48 arrested persons of Kangthilangso area.
It may be mentioned that family members of the arrested 48 persons have been facing great humanitarian crisis with children of the arrested persons have not been able to continue their studies in schools and colleges, nor been able to cultivate their land. In addition to this, they have been deprived of medical treatment and they were on the verge of malnourishment as most of the arrested are main bread earners.
In addition to this, several family members have been forced to sell off their land, cattle, and other possession due to financial crisis which have been compounded the lack of assistance from the government and local authority. Family members also informed that apart from APHLC, no party and organizations have visited them in times of the immense humanitarian crisis.
Meanwhile, family members of the 48 arrested persons also expressed their gratitude to APHLC for visiting them and making continuous effort to reduce their hardships following imprisonment of their main bread earners.