That was yesterday. This morning, the police spotted Suresh at a railway station in Eluru, about five kilometres from his home and village, in West Godavari district. The seven-year-old girl had disappeared on Tuesday after she visited his shop to buy eggs.
When the police tried to catch him, Suresh allegedly jumped off a bridge.
The police team reportedly tried to remove his body, but angry bystanders, who discovered that the dead man was wanted for sexually assaulting a child, then kicked the corpse for at least 10 minutes. The violence was captured on cellphones by witnesses and also by local media camera crews.
"He died from the fall... the Sub Inspector has reported that the mob was angry over the incident, but the crowd was controlled,'' West Godavari police officer Bhaskar Bhushan told NDTV.
A post-mortem is being conducted to determine whether the shopkeeper died before or after the attack by the angry mob.
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