Agartala, June 29: A man was reportedly lynched and three others injured in a mob attack near Agartala on Thursday after local presumed they were “child-lifters”.
In the backdrop of the incident, authorities have suspended SMS and mobile internet services across Tripura for 48 hours to prevent law and order problems, the Indian Express reported.
The deceased has been identified as Zahir Khan, who belonged to Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
Among those injured are Gulzar Ahmed Khan and Khurshid Khan from Bihar and Swapan Miya from Agartala.
One of the injured Swapan Mia told media, “There were around 300 to 400 people who attacked us. They suspected us child lifters in reference to the Mohanpur incident. I showed them my driving license, Aadhar and identity card but they still attacked us.”
All these incidents are believed to be the result of rumours regarding alleged ‘child-lifters’ on social media in the area.
However, the police have categorically denied and appealed to the people to stop spreading and believing on rumours.
Last month, in a similar incident, two men were killed by the villagers of Panjuri Kacharigaon in Assam’s Karbi Anglong on the suspicion of child lifters.