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As many as 40 youths arrested in Assam for spreading rumours on social media
As many as forty youths have been arrested in Assam in the last 48 hours on charges of spreading rumours on social media.

Two youths from Guwahati were brutally lynched on June 7 by a mob in the hilly Kabi Anglong district of the state over suspicion of being child lifters. The barbaric incident has created widespread condemnation across the state. People from all walks of life have been staging protests demanding capital punishment for those involved in the heinous crime.

The police till today, reportedly, have arrested 25 people accused of lynching the two youths. However, over fifty people allegedly involved in the incident including the main accused identified as 'Alpha' are yet to nabbed, informed Additional DGP Mukesh Agrawal, who has been camping in the district to supervise the manhunt. The police yesterday constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to conduct the operation.

Niloptal Das (29) and Abhijeet Nath (30), two artistes, who were on an adventure trip to see the scenic beauty of a water fall located in the Dokmoka Police Sataion area of Karbi Anglong, a hilly terrain region inhabited by tribal people, were brutally killed on Friday night.

Some local people suspect that the barbaric incident happened after rumours spread on social media about child lifters. DGP Kula Saikia informed the media that some unscrupulous elements spread rumours even after the barbaric incident prompting the police to arrest around 40 youths from different areas of the state. 

Among the arrested while seven were from middle Assam district of Nagaon, six were nabbed from Sonitpur. The other youths were arrested from Barpeta, Darrang and Dibrugarh. The police, reportedly, acting on the instructions of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal have formed a social media monitoring team.

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