A man died while two others sustained serious injuries when they were thrashed by some panchayat members for raping and killing a minor girl in Jharkhand’s Gumla district, police said.
Five people accused of the gang rape had been produced before a panchayat called by the people of Lalganj village, according to the police.
Two of the accused managed to flee. The three who remained before the panchayat were brutally beaten by those taking part in the meeting.
While being beaten one of the accused died and two others were later handed over to the police.
The minor girl had been gang-raped and later killed on January 9. The crime was reported to the police by the people of Lalganj village.
“we are trying to ascertain the reason of the lynching. The rape angle is said to be the reason of the murder. No one will be allowed to take the law into their own hands,” a police official told IANS.