Mob storms po­lice sta­tion, drags rape ac­cused out, lynches them

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Ra­jib Dutta

| Di­bru­garh: A mob of 800 peo­ple stormed Tezu po­lice sta­tion, dragged out a man ac­cused of rap­ing a mi­nor and his ac­com­plice and beat them to death in Arunachal’s Lo­hit dis­trict on Mon­day.

Eye­wit­nesses said the mob gath­ered out­side the po­lice sta­tion around 11.30 am and de­manded that the two ac­cused — San­jay So­bor (30) and Jagdish Lo­har (25) — be handed over to them. So­bor had been ac­cused of rap­ing and mur­der­ing a fiveyear-old and Lo­har had been charged with aid­ing his crime. Af­ter po­lice re­fused to hand over the two, the mob re­port­edly van­dalised the po­lice sta­tion. They then over­pow­ered the po­lice­men, broke open the lockup, dragged the two ac­cused to the mar­ket area and beat them to death. Af­ter dump­ing the corpses at the road in­ter­sec- tion, the mob dis­persed.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of Lo­hit dis­trict Karma Leki, DIG (east­ern range) Apur Bitin and Lo­hit SP Isaac Pertin rushed to Tezu town on hear­ing of the in­ci­dent. “We have launched an in­quiry into to­day’s in­ci­dent. It was a case of mob fury and our forces were out­num­bered by sev­eral hun­dreds. No one has been de­tained so far,” the SP said.

Po­lice said the five-year- old girl from Namgo vil­lage in Wakro rev­enue cir­cle had gone miss­ing on Fe­bru­ary 12. A search party found her dis­mem­bered, naked body on Fe­bru­ary 17 near a tea gar­den barely 400 me­tres from her home.

Af­ter a mas­sive man­hunt, on the morn­ing of Fe­bru­ary 18 po­lice man­aged to ar­rest San­jay So­bor and Jagdish Lo­har in con­nec­tion with the crime. The two were pro- duced be­fore a court and re­manded in po­lice cus­tody. The two be­longed to the tea com­mu­nity and had been en­gaged as labour­ers on a tea plan­ta­tion in the area. So­bor ad­mit­ted lur­ing the mi­nor to the tea gar­den, where he raped her, po­lice said. He also told po­lice that when she started cry­ing, he sev­ered her head with a ma­chete be­long­ing to Lo­har, af­ter which both fled the spot.

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