Lynch mob drags two men from police station in India, beats them to death for rape and murder of young girl
The girl’s disappearance and the discovery of her badly disfigured body, sparked widespread anger
Two men suspected of raping and murdering a five-year-old girl in a remote northeast Indian state were dragged from a police station and lynched by an enraged mob, police said Tuesday.
The girl’s disappearance from Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh state, and the discovery of her badly disfigured body, sparked widespread anger.
The accused, both plantation workers from neighbouring Assam state, were being questioned by police in a town called Tezu, when a hundreds-strong mob carrying weapons stormed the compound on Monday.
“The mob damaged the station and took away the accused before beating them to death with clubs, hammers and stones,” Lohit police chief Issac Pertin said.
Fifteen people, including several policemen, were injured. No arrests have been made yet in connection with the lynching.
Police had charged the pair, aged 30 and 25, with raping and killing the girl and said they confessed to the crime during interrogation.
The girl’s body was found on a tea estate where the accused lived.
Conflict between ethnic tribal inhabitants of Arunachal Pradesh and migrant workers from nearby states sometimes boils over into skirmishes.
In 2015 a mob broke into a jail in neighbouring Nagaland state and murdered a migrant worker accused of raping a tribal woman.