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Rape of 5-year-old: Rape accused lynched by mob in Arunachal Pradesh

Divya Hemnani | Updated on: 20 February 2018, 13:12 IST

The murderer and an alleged rapist of a 5-year-old girl were attacked by a mob of 1,000 people. The mob attacked the police lockup in Tezu town in Arunachal Pradesh, took away the two accused and beat them to death.

According to the police, the duo Sanjay Sobor, 30, and Jagdish Lohar, 25, were dragged out of police custody by the mob and beaten to death on the streets and their bodies were dumped in the market area.

Apur Bitin, DIG (Eastern Range), Arunachal Pradesh police said, "The incident took place at 12:05 pm. A mob of nearly 1,000 people attacked the police lockup and took away the two accused. Some policemen have also sustained injuries in the attack."

On February 12 the duo attacked the five-year-old girl and her body was found five days later. They were arrested on Sunday and were produced in front of the court which sent them to police custody.

The accused had confessed to abducting and raping the child. Afterwards, he killed the child with a heavy knife which belonged to Lohar. The minor's body was recovered in a horrifying condition from a tea garden. The crowd gathered outside the police lock-up and dragged the accused from the police lock-up. The crowd took them to the marketplace and beat them to death. Before the police could read the spot, the mod disappeared.

Three police officers of Tezu police station have been suspended for failing to stop the mob and the superintendent of police of Lohit district has been transferred.

Chief minister Pema Khandu termed the rape and murder of the minor girl as “barbaric and inhuman” and termed Monday’s incident of the mob killing the two accused as “unfortunate”.

Khandu has ordered the police to investigate about the mob as “Our laid down rules and regulations do not allow us to take the law into our hands."

A similar incident took place in 2015 where a mob had broken into the central jail in Dimapur in Nagaland and had lynched a rape accused.

First published: 20 February 2018, 13:12 IST