Ranger shoots dead charcoal producer; Villagers react, stones him dead 

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LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – A forest ranger at Dzalanyama Forest in Lilongwe has been stoned to death after he shot dead a charcoal producer.

Lilongwe Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Foster Benjamin said the incident occurred yesterday at Chaponda Village outside Dzalanyama Forest.

Benjamin said the forest rangers were on patrol and came across a band of charcoal producers, loaded with charcoal on their bicycles.

The officers immediately confiscated the bags and bicycles.

In anger, the group blocked the road and pelted stones at the forest guards.

The guards fired shots to scare the mob off but unfortunately, one shot landed on 19-year-old Sauzande Chagaga Dalaivala, a charcoal producer, and he died on the spot.

In retaliation, the irate mob stoned to death ranger Precious Zephaniah, 55.

Meanwhile, police are investigating the matter to arrest the culprits.

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