Tura, July 15: Five extortionists were lynched at Jambal village under Rongjeng police station in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills at 2pm today.
Villagers reported the matter at Ronjeng police station today.
“We have been informed that a group of dacoits tried to extort money from the villagers and threatened them with small arms. The angry villagers retaliated and attacked them. Five were killed while the rest fled,” said East Garo Hills superintendent of police Davis Nestell R. Marak.
The unidentified men went to the village and demanded that the villagers pay them tax. They even threatened some of the village elders with pistols.
When some villagers resisted, they reportedly fired in the air to scare them off.
However, the local residents charged at them. Five of the extortionists were caught and beaten to death while the rest of the gang fled.
Police teams from Rongjeng have left for the site to retrieve the bodies.
Encounter: A group of suspected militants exchanged fire with the police at Betasing in South West Garo Hills district last evening.
The police teams raided Arrengre village, 6km from Betasing, after receiving information of the presence of militants in the area.
“When our teams were approaching the village some militants opened fire and our boys retaliated, forcing them to flee. There were no casualties,” said South West Garo Hills SP R. Muthu.
The police are unclear about the identity of the militants but suspect them to be either from GNLA or ASAK.