Phulbari residents lynch men accused of dacoity

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TURA, Feb 15: An angry mob gathered at the village of Chanangpara on Friday morning and lynched two alleged dacoits while leaving another in a critical state when they were caught moving in a suspicious manner with daggers and rods in the car trunk.

The incident took place at about 11 am though the three alleged dacoits were caught by alert villagers patrolling the roads in the early morning. The two killed suspects have been identified as Mokibul Akond of Kalirthan under Phulbari Police Station in West Garo Hills (WGH) and Mikseng Marak of the village of Dawagre and Bita Rabha from Dawagittinggre in Williamnagar, East Garo Hills.

Rabha is the only survivor of the attack though he too is said to be in critical condition. He is expected to be shifted to Goalpara for further care.

According to police sources, the three came to the village in an Alto car and were travelling in a suspicious manner which prompted the villagers to stop them. The matter took a serious turn after the discovery of weapons in the trunk of the car. They were immediately chased and allegedly hid in the house of the Nokma.

The furious mob chased after them and barged into the house of the Nokma and dragged them out before thrashing them. While Akond succumbed on the spot, Marak lost his life upon reaching the hospital. Rabha was taken to the hospital along with the other.

Interestingly Akond also had an earlier case of kidnapping against him while police are now verifying if the other two also had any criminal antecedents.

Meanwhile upon being informed of the three suspected dacoits being caught by villagers, a team of policemen rushed to the spot to try and retrieve the three.

The angry mob however would not listen and continued to thrash the suspects.

“More than 3000-4000 people had gathered when our teams tried to pacify them. However they would not listen and kept hitting the suspects. We were later able to retrieve the bodies and the survivor after the mob had left,” stated superintendent of police, West Garo Hills, Dr MGR Kumar.

The situation for now is said to be normal though police are not taking any chances and extra force is being requisitioned to maintain peace.