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An angry mob lynched a man who allegedly beheaded a five-year-old boy in a tea estate in Ramapara area of Assam's Sonitpur district on Thursday.

The police are trying to identify the people in the mob which killed the accused. No arrests have been made so far.

The man, identified as Nanu Mirdha, allegedly beheaded five-year-old Sanatan Bagh in Tarajuli Tea Estate at around 5 pm after a quarrel with his family. The police said that Mirdha hacked Bagh with a sharp machete which severed his head. 

After finding the body of the boy, local residents nabbed Mirdha and beat him to death. The police arrived at the scene of the crime about an hour later and brought the situation under control.

"...Nanu had reportedly picked up an argument with his neighbour, and after sometime caught hold of his son Sanatan and dragged him to his house in the same labour line. A few minutes later he took a dao and chopped off the boy's head," Sonitpur Superintendent of Police Sanjukta Parasor told The Indian Express.

Both Mirdha and Bagh's father used to work in Tarajuli tea estate. The police said Mirdha had an argument with Bagh's father over some issue that led to the fatal incident, while locals alleged that the former was a tantric and had offered the boy as sacrifice to Goddess Kali at No.8, Rangapara Tea Estate, according to PTI report.

The police have said that they have no such information. 

"We have no such report... Preliminary investigations said that Nanu Mirdha was a reformed drunkard who had started concentrating in spiritual activities," Parasor said.