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Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police has arrested five persons in connection with the attempted lynching of two Bhubaneswar daylight murder accused yesterday.

Police arrested the five persons after scanning CCTV footages of the incident. The cops have reportedly registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code against them.

Five persons, including the prime accused Prashant Das, have been arrested on charges of vandalising police van and thrashing the two accused, informed Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Das today.

"Das had snatched the key of the police van and later people thrashed the duo. Neither people nor the police have the rights to punish. The power lies with the court and people should never take the law into their hands," said Das.

On Saturday, they (the five arrested accused) allegedly dragged out two persons, who were arrested for killing a person, from a police van and brutally thrashed the duo using plastic pipes at the CRP square in the Capital city.

The Bhubaneswar DCP had earlier said that police would suo moto register an FIR and take stern against those involved in brutally thrashing the two murder accused.

Earlier in the day (March 6), the duo allegedly hacked a youth to death with sharp weapons at the busy CRP square. However, Twin City Police Commissioner Sudhansu Sarangi later clarified that the murder was an act of counter-attack for self defence.

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