Two lynched for raping minor in Arunachal


They reported that the girl's decapitated body had been found in a tea garden almost a week after she went missing on 12 February.

Officials said the mob overpowered the personnel manning the police station, dragged the two accused out of the lock-up to the market square and stoned them to death.

The killing of rape accused by the mob is second such incident in the Northeast in last three years.

Sandip Goel, Arunachal Pradesh's Director General of Police said Sobar and Lohar were arrested in connection with the disappearance, suspected rape and murder of the girl. They found her body barely 200-300 yards inside the dense tea garden area behind the family's house on 17 February. On Monday, they barged into the police station, where the accused had been kept and dragged them out. "Some policemen have also sustained injuries in the attack", Hindustan Times quoted Apur Bitin, DIG (Eastern Range) of Arunachal Pradesh Police, as saying.

On Sunday, both the accused were also produced in court, which remanded them to police custody. The mob dispersed from the area before the police could reach the spot.

The incident reportedly took place at 12:05 PM when the mob stormed the police lockup and took away the two accused.

The crowd then stripped the men, dragged them through the streets and beat them to death, the police said.

A case had been registered but no one has been arrested so far, he added.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has condemned the lynching and called the crime "barbaric and inhuman". "Nobody should be allowed to take the law into their own hands".

Arunachal Pradesh Police confirmed the incident to the media.

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.

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