As many as 800 people stormed into the Tezu police station and dragged out two main accused in a case of rape against a minor. What followed next turned out to be a shocking ordeal for the accused as well as the police. In broad daylight, the angry mob dragged the accused out of the police station at Tezu in eastern Arunachal’s Lohit district to the marketplace and lynched them to death.
It was on February 12, when the report of a missing minor was filed with the police. The minor girl had gone missing from a nearby village which comes under the Wakro police. It was on February 17, when the girl’s body was found near a tea garden within 500 metres from her home. On February 18, the police managed to nab the two accused – Sanjay Sobor (30) and Jagdish Lohar (25) – who were in police custody for two days after they were presented in the court. The police said that the main accused, Sobor, lured the minor and raped her near the tea garden.
On Monday morning, the angry mob assembled outside the police station and asked for the two accused to be handed over to them. When the police refused, the mob started creating ruckus at the police station and vandalised it. The mob suppressed the police and broke the lockup. The two accused were then dragged out of the police station and were lynched.
The deaths of the two accused bring back the tragic memories of the lynching in Nagaland’s commercial hub Dimapur way back in 2015. In Dimapur, an angry mob lynched a rape-accused who was dragged out of the central jail in a similar fashion.
Reacting to the incident, Lohit SP Isaac Pertin said, “We have launched an inquiry into the incident. This was definitely a case of mob fury and the police force was outnumbered by several hundred. So far in the case, no one has been detained. After coming to know about the incident, the deputy commissioner of Lohit district Karma Leki, DIG Apur Bitin, and Lohit SP Isaac Pertin rushed to the Tezu police station.