Indian mob storms police station, kills alleged child rapist

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

According to the report, witnesses said the mob gathered outside the police station around 11:30am 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 five-year-old and Lohar had been charged with abetting his crime.

After police refused to hand over the two, the mob reportedly vandalized 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. Later, the mob dumped the bodies at the road intersection and dispersed.

The deputy commissioner of Lohit district, Karma Leki, the DIG of eastern range, Apur Bitin and Lohit SP Isaac Pertin rushed to the Tezu town upon hearing of the incident. “We have launched an inquiry into the 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, the police managed to arrest Sanjay Sobor and Jagdish Lohar Sunday morning in connection with the case. The two were produced before a court and remanded in police custody. They had been working as labourers in the area. Sobor admitted luring the minor to the tea garden, where he raped her, said the police. He also told police that when she started crying, he severed her head with a machete belonging to Lohar, after which the two fled the scene.