Angry over killing of the sarpanch of Hyatpur in Gurgaon, a mob on Thursday burnt alive one of the assailants, the police said.
The sarpanch, Rakesh Yadav (32), who was shot dead, had a running feud with another person of the village over water and the latter allegedly hired two contract killers to eliminate him.
The situation went out of hand when an unruly mob of villagers caught hold of one of the attackers and beat him with sticks and bricks, before pouring petrol and torching the 27-year-old alive. His bike was also set on fire.
When the police tried to intervene, the villagers started pelting stones, and the cops had to lathicharge the crowd.
While eyewitnesses claim the police remained a mute spectator and waited for more personnel, the department refuted the allegations.
Following the incident, enraged villagers also torched the house of the fellow villager who allegedly hired men to kill the sarpanch.
What is more shocking is the entire incident took place in presence of the police who failed to prevent the mob from committing the heinous act. Police however, refuted the allegation.
Gurgaon joint commissioner of police Alok Mittal said, "As soon as we came to know about the incident, the Sector 10 police reached the village without any delay and tried to save the victim. We have announced a reward of Rs 50,000 on the main accused and constituted 10 teams to nab the culprits."