Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Four jail breakers lynched by mob in Meghalaya


Four of the six jail breakers, including a murder accused, who had escaped from the Jowai district jail and correctional home after overpowering four prison staff and an armed police constable on Saturday afternoon, were lynched by a mob at a forested area along the boundary of Thadmuthlong and Shangpung village on Sunday, a police official said.
A video of the mob lynching has gone viral.
The escapees included two murder accused– I Love You Talang and Ramesh Dkhar, who were arrested recently on charges of kidnapping and murder of two taxi drivers last month in East Jaintia Hills district and West Jaintia Hills district.
A police official said that the identities of the dead escapees were yet to be identified and their bodies had been taken to Ialong Civil Hospital for verification.
“We can share the names of the dead escapees only after the dead bodies have been identified,” Bikram D. Marak, the district police chief of West Jaintia Hills, said.
He said search was still on to trace the whereabouts of the other two escapees. A villager said that the mob lynching occurred on Sunday afternoon when news spread that one of the escapees, identified as Ramesh Dkhar came to get food from a local shop in the area, following which they went on a hunt for the escapees, who were in the forest. The mob finally thrashed four to death despite a handful of police personnel who made attempts to stop the furious mob from lynching them.
Besides Talang, five others, Ramesh Dkhar, Marsanki Tariang (murder convict) Rikamenlang Lamare, Shidorki Dkhar and Lodestar Tang had escaped from Jowai jail on Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, police have arrested five prison staff of the Jowai district prison and correctional home for negligence of duty in the prison which led to the escape of six prisoners.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the arrested prison staff– Head Warder Rajesh Swer, Warder Pyndapbor Bamon and Warder Chamilan Kynjing besides two temporary warders Damelahun Sunn and Alexius Iawram conspired with the escapees.
“We are interrogating all the five prison staff to get into the bottom of Saturday’s jailbreak,” Marak said.
This is the second jailbreak incident in Jowai district jail after a murder convict, Shiningstar Pala had escaped on June 22. Three days later, he was captured by the police with the help of his relatives.