Meghalaya mob lynches 4 of 6 men who fled prison | India News

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SHILLONG: Four of six prisoners on the run since a jailbreak in Meghalaya’s Jowai were caught and lynched by a mob in a forested area of the district bordering Bangladesh Sunday, barely 24 hours after they fled the prison. A video of the lynching has since gone viral online.
The fleeing prisoners, who had overpowered two members of the prison staff and an armed sentry to escape on Saturday afternoon, included a murder accused who goes by the name I Love You Talang. He and Ramesh Dkhar, another of the escapees, had been arrested recently on charges of kidnapping and murdering two taxi drivers last month in East and West Jaintia Hills district.
The slain prisoners, who were spotted and attacked along the boundary of Thadmuthlong and Shangpung villages, hadn’t been identified until late in the evening. “Their bodies have been taken to Lalong Civil Hospital for verification,” West Jaintia Hills SP Bikram D Marak said a manhunt had been launched to trace the two other prisoners believed to be still alive. A villager said the lynching occurred after news spread that Dkhar had been spotted buying food at an eatery in the area. The mob presumably followed him and traced the rest of the gang to a nearby forest.
Four of the men were beaten to death even as a handful of police personnel tried to save them. Besides Talang and Dkhar, the group included Marsanki Tariang, Rikamenlang Lamare, Shidorki Dkhar and Lodestar Tang.
“Preliminary investigation indicates that the arrested prison staff — head warder Rajesh Swer, warders Pyndapbor Bamon and Chamilan Kynjing, besides two temporary warders — Damelahun Sunn and Alexius Iawram — conspired with the escapees,” an officer said.



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