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IMPHAL | Sept 13 : One suspected vehicle lifter succumbed to his injuries after an enraged mob thrashed him today early morning at Tharoijam Awang Leikai.
Two companions of the deceased managed to escape from the scene and locals burnt down one car driven by the suspected vehicle lifters. The incident occurred in the early morning today at around 4:30 am.
According to the locals, the suspected vehicle lifters came inside the ‘Sangoi’ (a shed) to steal the vehicle in the early morning at about 3:30 am. It is said that the house belonged to one Moirangthem Girani, 53, son of (Late) M. Gopal of Tharoijam Awang Leikai. He is presently posted at second IRB.
According to one family member, they heard a banging sound outside coming from the shed followed by sound of dogs barking. When one of the family members came out to check the noise, one unidentified person was found trying to carry a scooter (Honda Activa 5G). As it was dawn, the family member shouted to raise an alarm about the vehicle lifter. It is said that the scooter is recently bought and the vehicle is yet to be registered.
As the family members shouted for help, the suspected vehicle lifter dropped the vehicle about 30 metres away from the shed and ran off. When locals tried to catch the suspected vehicle lifter he fled off in a Chevrolet Beat car (black) bearing registration number WB 26S-1619 and drove towards Taothong.
Locals further said the car suddenly stopped about 500 metres away from the house. When they saw some persons coming out from the car with lights from the mobile phones, locals ran towards the car to catch the thieves, but they managed to escape by running towards the surrounding paddy fields.
As the locals were searching for them, some torched the car brought by suspected thieves. While doing a thorough search in the surrounding area (paddy field), one person was found hiding at the field about 300 metres away from where the car stopped. Locals came to realise later that the car had got out of control and skidded towards a cannel and eventually coming to a stop.
It was learnt that the person was among the suspected vehicle lifters while other two had fled from the scene. The enraged mob severely thrashed the suspected vehicle lifter black and blue. The locals said they informed Patsoi police at about 4:30 am but the Patsoi police team came after few hours.
After Police came to the spot and picked up the person, he was taken to RIMS hospital for treatment but due to severe injury caused by mob violence, he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
The deceased has been identified as one Md. Farooque Khan, 26, from Lilong Haoreibi.
Later, Girani was taken by Patsoi police for further interrogation and he is still at the police custody at the time of filing this report. Locals stormed at Patsoi police station demanding that he must be released. It is said that they will form a JAC against the arrest of Girani.
A case has been registered at Patsoi police in connection with the incident and the deceased is still at RIMS morgue