SHILLONG, July 10: Coming to the defense of its members who were recently arrested on suspicion of lynching a rape – accused, the Thangkhiew Lai-Kpoh Clan has stood by the innocence of these members by saying that they were in no way involved in the said lynching.
“They (family members) have no hand in lynching the accused to death and we have submitted a video taken during the incident – which clearly shows that he (accused) was alive when he was taken by the police from the house,” clan leader, Livingstone Thangkhiew said here on Monday.
Yaqub Khan Nongkynrih, who allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl, was lynched to death at a Nongkseh village in Upper Shillong on Saturday night. He later succumbed to his injuries at the Shillong Civil Hospital on Sunday.
Police have arrested the girl’s father who belongs to the Thangkhiew’s Clan and her brother for allegedly inciting the violent attack.
The incident took place after girl’s brother saw the lewd photographs of his sister in Yaqub’s smart phone in which he was immediately locked in his room. Yaqub was staying along with his wife as a tenant in the girl’s house.
The mob attack also went viral on the social media and Yaqub’s heavily injured body was seen to be carried by four police personnel. Angry women folk were also seen in the video as they beaten up the accused.
“We do not know what happened after he (accused) was taken out of the rented house as there was already a mob of hundreds of people outside the house,” Livingstone said.
He also said that the incident of alleged rape might have happened a year ago, as per the confession of the minor girl adding that a medical report is still awaited.
On being informed by the brother of the girl about the photos, the family members had immediately informed the dorbar shnong, which in turn informed the Jhalupara police, he said.
Interestingly, one of the four policemen seen in the video clipping was finding it hard to control the angry ladies who kept on beating the accused with brooms.
Responding to a query, he said that in fact an FIR was also filed by the girl’s father on the same night and was accordingly received by the police. “However, later they (police) arrested the girl’s father and brother,” he said.
Meanwhile, the clan also urged the authority concerned to allow the family members to give medicine to the father, who is suffering from blood pressure and liver problems.
“We have arrested the house owner and father of the minor and her brother too for inciting the violent attack on the accused at Nongkseh locality in Upper Shillong area,” East Khasi Hills district SP Davis Marak said.