Irate people lynch 2 rape accused after setting them free from police custody, try to burn bodies

The Hush Post: Two inmates accused of rape and murder of a minor girl were lynched by an angry mob in Arunachal Pradesh. The irate people also tried to set the two accused ablaze, India Today reported on Tuesday.

Irate people lynch 2 rape accused after setting them free, try to burn bodies
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The two accused, identified as Sanjay Sobor and Jagdish Lohar, both in their late twenties, had been arrested from Tengapani tea garden area on Sunday for the alleged rape and murder of a five-year-old girl in Namgo Mising village, in Arunachal Pradesh.

The lynching took place when hundreds of people armed with hammers, iron rods and sticks surrounded the police station in Tezu and demanded that the duo be handed over to them. When the police refused to meet their demands, the angry mob attacked the police station, ransacked it and broke the cell.

The crowd, which outnumbered the police personnel, dragged out both the accused to the street. The mob then paraded them at the traffic junction before lynching them.

The mob even tried to burn the bodies after chopping their hands. However, government officials and police thwarted them and retrieved the bodies.

The Lohit superintendent of police confirmed that a large mob attacked the police station and killed the duo. The official added that investigation is on to identify the members of the mob.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner Karma Lekhi convened an emergency meeting with government officials. The district administration has clamped 144 CrPC in Tezu till normalcy is restored.

The mob was seeking justice for a 5-year-old girl who was raped and murdered on February 12. The victim was from Namgo Village under Wakro circle in Arunachal Pradesh.

She was missing since February 12 and later her lifeless body was recovered near a tea-garden, a few kilometers from Namgo village.

Later, the police apprehended the two accused in connection with the ghastly crime and according to sources, both the persons had admitted to the crime.

The incident had led to widespread anger in the area.

The government has ordered a police inquiry by Eastern Range DIGP Apur Bipin.

The order said that the report must be submitted within seven days. The chief minister has also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the entire episode.

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