Baripada: In an incident here in Mahuldiha village within Thakurmunda police limits in Mayurbhanj district, the residents of the village caught hold of three persons allegedly involved in a gang-rape and gave them a sound thrashing before handing them over to police on Wednesday.
The three accused are Salkhan Soren (30), Ramdas Soren (26) and Rashain Samad (30), all residents of Ashankud village. A country-made gun was also seized from the accused.
According to sources, Salkhan and his two associates in the late night went to Lalmohan Badra’s house in Mahuldiha. Before entering, they disconnected the power supply to the house. In the darkness, the trio sneaked into the house where Lalmohan’s widowed daughter was sleeping along with other family members. They then took the widow to the nearby cowshed where Salkhan raped her while Ramdas and Rashain kept a watch.
In the meantime, when Lalmohan woke up and didn’t find his daughter, came out of the house in search of her. He found Salkhan sexually assaulting his daughter in the cowshed. As Lalmohan grabbed Salkhan and screamed for help, neighbours rushed to the cowshed and caught hold of Salkhan, Ramdas and Rashain, suspecting them to be child lifters.
The angry villagers then tied the trio and thrashed them. Salkhan admitted that he raped the widow while the other two supported him in the act. The trio was handed over to Thakurmunda police in the morning.
Police said the three accused were arrested on the basis of the complaint lodged by the victim. The accused will be produced in court on Thursday and investigation is on, the police added.