Man lynched on suspicion of being cattle thief in Tripura

'A group of villagers had caught him and beat him up severely on seeing him stealing a cow,' Suleman Reang, who is the officer-in-charge of the local police station

Published: 04th July 2019 10:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th July 2019 09:42 PM   |  A+A-

Caste violence, Lynching, Dalit atrocities

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Express News Service

GUWAHATI: In BJP-ruled Tripura, a tribal cattle-lifter was lynched by a tribal mob. The incident occurred at Noarampara, a remote tribal village located near the India-Bangladesh border in the state’s Dhalai district on Tuesday night. The victim was identified as Budhi Kumar Tripura (36). 

“A group of villagers had caught him and beat him up severely on seeing him stealing a cow,” Suleman Reang, who is the officer-in-charge of the local police station, told this newspaper.

On learning about the man being subjected to assault, a police team had rushed to the spot and rescued him. However, he succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday.

Reang said Budhi was indeed a cattle-lifter who was involved in similar incidents of cattle-lifting in the past. No arrest has been made so far in connection with the incident. 

The family of the victim has filed an FIR with police naming seven persons as accused. The police appealed to the accused persons to surrender but the locals said four of the seven persons named in the FIR were not involved in the incident.

“According to the FIR, seven people were involved in the incident but the locals said the names of four were wrongly included in the list. We conducted raids at their residences last (Wednesday) night but they were not there. We are now appealing to villagers to hand over the accused persons to us,” Reang added.

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