, MERU, Kenya, Jun 13 – A suspected chicken thief is fighting for his life in hospital after he was set ablaze by a mob in Chuka on Friday, police said.
The 30-year-old man suffered serious burns on the head and arms and was only saved by police officers who rushed him to the Chuka District Hospital.
Police said the suspect was stoned and later set on fire when he was allegedly found in possession of two stolen chicken which had been reported missing.
“He suffered serious injuries but he is out of danger,” a police officer said of the incident that occurred at Kirubia village.
“He was burnt when he was found in possession of two chickens which had been reported missing,” another officer said.
Separately, police in Meru impounded bhang worth Sh400,000 on Friday and arrested two suspects in separate incidents.
One of the suspect described by police as a notorious drug trafficker was arrested at Kooje estate within Meru municipality as he prepared to transport the bhang to Mombasa, police said.
The suspect was found with bhang worth Sh126,000.
“This is one of the biggest drug and narcotics dealers in Meru. He is a very dangerous man,” are police Chief Paul Ruto said.
The second suspect was arrested as he transported bhang worth Sh240, 000 in a saloon car.
Mr Ruto said the man was arrested on the Meru-Isiolo road near Subuiga.
“The car which he was using to transport the drug was involved in an accident. At first, he tried to hide the cargo in the bush on the roadside but we were tipped off about it,” Mr Ruto said.
He said the suspects will be arraigned in court on Monday to face drug trafficking-related charges.