Saturday, 21 November 2020
The Gauhati High Court has granted anticipatory bail to three main accused in the shocking case of assault of journalist Milan Mahanta after his reports exposed rampant gambling by the land mafia with "strong" political links in Kamrup Rural district.On November 15, journalist Milan Mahanta was tied to a pole in the middle of a busy road in Mirza - 45 km west of Guwahati - and beaten up by a gang of gamblers. Only one of the five accused have been arrested till now.
Three others - Abani Thakuria, Sanjay Thakuria and Biswajit Das - who can be clearly seen in the viral video of the assault on Mr Mahanta - have been granted interim anticipatory bail by the court of Justice Ajit Borthakur."Considering the facts and circumstances of the case, it is provided that in the event of arrest, each of the petitioners named above shall be released on interim pre-arrest bail... on furnishing bail bond of ₹ 15,000," the interim order reads.