Angry residents burn a motorbike theft suspect houses in Chekalini

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A section of the premises on fire
A section of the premises on fire

Hundreds of boda boda operators and residents of Chekalini in Koromait sub-location, Lugari Sub County torched a business premise belonging to motorbike theft suspects at Chekalini market destroying property valued at thousands of shillings.

According to Sammy Bahati his motorbike was stolen from Murrum village in Lwandeti location Friday evening and its tracker tempered with making it difficult to trace it.

He said after reporting the incident at Mukhonje police post, together with other boda boda operators launched a search before they received a tip-off from a resident who had seen a disassembled motorbike at the premises.

The operators sent a section of their colleagues to investigate at the said premise, where they confirmed the disassembled motorbike belonged to Bahati before alerting the rest of the team.

Parts of the disassembled motorbike
Parts of the disassembled motorbike

The irate riders who were joined by villagers raided the suspect’s home baying for his blood but diverted their anger to the premise which held several structures after he managed to escape, reducing it into ashes.

They managed to catch one of the suspect’s accomplices but officers from Chekalini police post swung in swiftly managing to rescue him.

However, the protestors engaged the police in a running battle as they demanded to be allowed to lynch the suspect forcing the police to lobby teargas canisters and shoot in the air to disperse them before fleeing the suspect to safety.

A section of the premises on fire
A section of the premises on fire

The rowdy riders said that they had chosen to take action after police inaction adding that several operators had lost their motorbikes while others were still nursing injuries.

Confirming the incident Chekalini location chief Julius Mpapale regretted the act warning the residents against taking law into their hands urging them to allow legal process to take course whenever they get a crime suspect.