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One killed, 3 injured in mob attack at Tripura village

02 July, 2018, 13:46 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • There have been three recent lynchings in Northeast India including one where a mob entered a paramilitary camp

Police said some youths attacked a middle-aged woman at Jogendra Nagar railway station on Wednesday night.

A hawker from Uttar Pradesh was lynched and two others injured today after a mob in Tripura attacked them on suspicion of being child-lifters, police said. They later said he could have been killed for "other reasons" that were being probed.

Last month, in a similar incident, two men were lynched by the villagers of Panjuri Kacharigaon in Assam's Karbi Anglong after the mob mistook them as child lifters. Two people are in a critical condition following the attack. "However, almost a thousand agitated people chased them and entered the camp, and lynched one of the hawkers", Das said. When the vendors along with their driver took shelter in a security camp, the mob dragged them out and thrashed them even as the security personnel tried to save them.

"The administration has chose to cut off the internet and mobile messaging services for the next 48 hours.to stop rumour-mongering", said Smriti Ranjan Das, a police spokesman in the tribal-dominated state of Tripura.

Mr Das named the victim as Zahir Khan. A soldier was also critically injured.

Hours before that incident, in the same area, a mob set upon an unidentified woman after she was spotted by residents walking around their village.

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No arrests had been made in the cases but authorities said they were questioning several suspects.

Chief Minister Biplab Deb, appealing to people not to heed child-lifting rumours, said the scare was a CPI (M) conspiracy to tarnish the image of the BJP-led government in Tripura.

He accused his political opponents of fuelling the rumours to destabilise his government, as demands for him to step down intensified.

A day ago, in a widely-circulated video, a mob was purportedly seen beating a man, who is yet to be identified, on the suspicion that he was a child kidnapper. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.

India has more than a billion mobile phone users, the largest number anywhere in the world, with an estimated 478 million smartphone internet users.

According to the report, some locals believing rumours on WhatsApp and social media about the presence of child-lifters in the area thrashed the victims.

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