In a chilling incident eerily similar to what happened in Badaun, a 7-year-old was allegedly raped and then hanged from a tree in East Midnapore district of West Bengal. Locals of Kalirhat got hold of three people suspected of committing the heinous crime and one person was killed in public outrage whereas two other are currently undergoing treatment in hospital.
The girl, who studied in class 1 was untraceable since 5 PM on Wednesday evening. The family finally found the dead body of the girl hanging from a tree 200 metres from home on Thursday morning. Soon locals raided the house of Ratan Das who was having a feud with the girl's family. According to the family, Ratan who is in his mid forties and his associates committed the heinous crime to settle scores with them.
In a brutal case of mob justice, locals lynched Ratan and set his house on fire. Two of his friends were also beaten up on the suspicion of being involved in the crime. Ratan and his friends were rescued by the local police. There is still palpable tension in the area and the police is on high alert. District superintendent of police Sukesh Jain said that police recovered the body from ground but according to locals it was hanging from the tree.