Social media in Arunachal Pradesh are celebrating the ‘murder’ of the rapist who had raped and murdered a minor girl at at Namgo Mismi village in Wakro Circle on February 17 and his accomplice.
Several messages described the act as ‘mob justice’.
One WhatAapp message read: “It is a perfect Statehood Day gift.”
Arunachal observed its 32nd statehood day on February 20, the day when the rapist and murder of the five-year-old girl child and his accomplice were beaten to death by a mob and their bodies were dumped in the market area of Tezu town in Arunachal Pradesh.
The child, who had gone missing since February 12, was found raped and murdered at Namgo Mismi village in Wakro Circle on February 17.
The perpetrators of the heinous crime were later identified as tea garden labourers 30-year-old Sanjay Sobor and 25-year-old Jagdish Lohar, who abetted Sobor.
The two accused, Sabor and Lohar, were arrested by Tezu Police on Sunday and produced them in the court on the same day. The court sent them to police remand. The accused duo was kept in Tezu Police Station lock-up for interrogation.
A huge mob including members of different organizations, villagers and relatives of the victim suddenly gathered at around 11.30 am on Monday and attacked the Tezu Police Station.
The mob, overpowering the police force at the police station, took away the two accused to the market area by forcibly breaking the lock-up, 50 metre from the police station and beat them to death.
Later Chief Minister Pema Khandu criticized the mob action. In a statement, he said: “We are citizens of a great country who abide by the law enshrined in the Constitution. Our laid-down rules and regulations do not allow us to take the law into our hands and so have placed the police and judiciary”.
He also said that the police and the judiciary should be equally respected ‘as these machineries are for the safety and security of the people, and for giving them justice’.
Meanwhile, the police have registered a case against unknown persons at the Tezu police station in connection with the lynching.