Man lynched on suspicion of vehicle theft in Manipur, 5 arrested

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Imphal, September 15: A man has been lynched in Imphal West district of Manipur allegedly for stealing vehicles, a senior police officer said.
Five persons have been arrested in the matter and two associates of the victim managed to escape from the scene, the officer said.
The incident took place at Thouroijam Awang Leikai area on Thursday, Imphal West Superintendent of Police (SP) Jogeshchandra Haobijam said.
Along with four persons, suspected to be involved in the lynching case, an two-wheeler owner, who had parked his vehicle in a garage, was arrested on Friday, the SP said.
The five have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and remanded in police custody for four days by a city court on Saturday.
Rights panel takes up case
The Manipur Human Rights Commission has suo motu taken up the case and directed the Director General of Police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.
People of Thouroijam village on Friday gheraoed the Patsoi police station on Friday, demanding the release of the arrested persons.
The spokesperson of a local club of the village said that instead of arresting the two vehicle-lifters, who managed to escape from the spot, the police have arrested the five persons. (PTI)