Man lynched by Manipur mob for al­leged theft |

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - PRASANTA MAZUM­DAR

A 26-year-old Mus­lim man was chased and bru­tally beaten to death by a mob in Manipur for his al­leged at­tempt to steal a two-wheeler.

The lynch­ing oc­curred on T hurs­day at T haroi­jam Awang Leikai in Im­phal West dis­trict.

The mob claimed it had caught Md Fa­rooque Ah­mad of Li­long Haor­eibi Mayai Leikai, while he was try­ing to steal the two-wheeler from the garage of a lo­cal, Moirangthem Gi­rani. The griev­ously in­jured man suc­cumbed to his in­juries on way to a hos­pi­tal. He was re­port­edly ac­com­pa­nied by two ac­com­plices who fled the scene in a car while the as­sault was on.

“The man was chased and thrashed to death by the lo­cals for al­legedly try­ing to steal a two-wheeler from the garage of Moirangthem Gi­rani. We have ar­rested five peo­ple and some more will be ar­rested soon,” Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice, Im­phal West, Hao­bi­jam Jo­geshchan­dra said.

The Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on to find out lapses, if any, on the part of po­lice per­son­nel. At the same time, he said the cyber crime unit of Im­phal West Po­lice was try­ing to ar­rest those who had up­loaded videos and pho­tos of the in­ci­dent on so­cial me­dia.

Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral, K Jayenta admit­ted some pre­cious time was lost in tak­ing the vic­tim to the hos­pi­tal as the po­lice­men were busy con­trol­ling the sit­u­a­tion.

De­spite pres­sure from the lo­cals to re­lease the five ar­rested men, the DIG as­serted the po­lice force will go by the rule book.

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