'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
With the arrest of Sunil, as many as nine persons have been arrested in connection with the lynching of Sukanta for campaigning against rumor-mongering on child-lifting in Tripura.
Under its "Prayaas" initiative, the Tripura Police is aiming to forge stronger police-public ties to improve law enforcement and curb rumours.
Chakrabarty was a member of a team of the state Information and Culture Affairs department which was campaigning against rumour-mongering.
The hawkers had hired a vehicle from Bitterban, an urban slum, and when they reached the area, people suspecting them to be child lifters started beating them up