An unidentified man died in Jharkhand's Dumka district on Thursday, a day after a mob brutally thrashed him over suspicion of murdering a seven-year-old girl. Relatives of the girl beat him up at the Barapalasi Railway Station after they found her body. He succumbed to his injuries at Patliputra Medical College and Hospital in Dhanbad, the police said.
The girl went missing on Wednesday, after which her family and others began to look for her at the Barapalasi station. according to The Indian Express. They found her body at the women's toilet on the platform around 6 pm, The Telegraph reported.
The villagers then thrashed the man, believed to be differently-abled, over suspicion of murdering the child. The man, in his mid 40s, had reportedly been living at the station for a while.
After being informed about the mob violence, police from the Jama Police Station went to the spot and admitted the man to the hospital. Station House Officer Sanjay Kumar Malviya was quoted as saying by The Telegraph: "He begged for a living and wasn't mentally stable. We have yet to establish his identity and whether he had anything to do with the dead child."
Malviya added that an autopsy had established strangulation as the cause of death of the child and had also ruled out sexual assault.
The police have registered two FIRs over the incident — one against the unidentified man on the basis of the complaint filed by the girl's grandmother, and the second against the unidentified villagers who thrashed the man. No arrests have been made so far.
Three policemen were also injured in an altercation with the enraged relatives of the girl after they found her body on Wednesday, said Superintendent of Police Kaushal Kishore. They received treatment at a hospital.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Aug 18, 2018 16:40 PM