A pregnant Congress MLA was beaten up by a mob in southern Assam's Karimganj town on Friday night for converting to Islam and marrying another man without divorcing her first husband, police sources said.
Rumi Nath, 33, MLA from Borkhola in Barak Valley, had secretly married Jackie Zakir, 28, a clerk in the social welfare department, two months ago.
She has a two-year-old daughter from her first marriage to Rakesh Kumar Singh, her husband of six years. The couple are not divorced.
On Friday night, angry residents surrounded the hotel as soon as they got to know that the newly weds had checked in. They initially shouted slogans and pelted stones, but soon overpowered the MLA's security officers at the hotel lobby and broke into Nath's room.
Fearing the worst, Nath and Zakir locked themselves in the bathroom. But the mob broke open the door and brutally assaulted them - the duo was slapped, punched and kicked - before leaving them bleeding profusely.
The police arrived an hour later and rushed them to a hospital. They were later shifted to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital, around 335 km away.
"They are out of danger, but medical tests will reveal the state of the legislator's pregnancy," a doctor at the Gauhati hospital told HT.
After she announced her second marriage earlier this month, some of her supporters and social organisations in the Barak Valley, comprising Karimganj, Cachar and Hailakandi districts, had warned her not to enter the area. However, on Friday, Nath decided to visit Cachar district to inspect some flood-affected areas. But she was booed away by protesters at several places.
Fearing communal flare-ups, district authorities had imposed restrictions on the movement of public and transport in parts of the Valley.