A middle-aged man accused of raping and murdering a 17-year-old girl was allegedly lynched by an angry mob in Baduria, North-24 Paraganas, on Wednesday.
While a complaint is yet to be filed, police are investigating both the rape charges and the lynching.
Locals said that the girl was last seen sleeping in her home and had a habit of waking up early morning to bathe in a nearby pond. On finding her missing from home early on Wednesday, her family members went searching for her and found her half-naked body near the pond.
A furious mob of over 50 people then made their way to the house of Nayan Sardar, who lived in the same locality, and thrashed him.
The police rushed to the spot to control the situation, but by the time they reached, Sardar had already succumbed to his injuries.
“Residents of the area have told us that the girl’s family suspected Sardar because she had told them on a previous occasion that he had molested her. However, no complaint was lodged that time,” said a police officer. Sardar, who hails from Bangladesh, had moved to Baduria around a year ago after marriage.
According to police, his body bore severe bruises. “Sardar was also assaulted with a sharp weapon. We have found an injury mark on the upper part of his body,” said an officer. “No one has been arrested in the lynching case yet. Investigations are underway in both the cases,” he added.
“Though investigations are ongoing, the minor’s family is yet to file a complaint. Her body was recovered near the pond at around 9.50 am,” said the police.
“There was no external injury mark on her body. Whether she was smothered or strangled will be ascertained only after we obtain the post mortem report. We can only confirm rape depending on medical reports, which are yet to come,” Bhaskar Mukherjee, Superintendent of Police, North-24 Paraganas, told The Indian Express.
The area remained tense after the incident, due to which large police teams from Swarupnagar, Baduria and Bosirhat areas were deployed.