The incident took place last Sunday when five people were lynched to death by villagers in Dhule district on suspicion of being child-lifters.
What strengthened the locals’ suspicion about the victims was their inability to communicate in any language, be it Manipuri, Hindi or English.
Under its "Prayaas" initiative, the Tripura Police is aiming to forge stronger police-public ties to improve law enforcement and curb rumours.
The mentally retarded woman was tied to a pole and tortured when the locals and personnel from the Village Defence Party (VDP) tried to stop the mob and alerted the police immediately.
As rumours about a gang of child-lifters being in the area were swirling around, the villagers thought the man was a part of some such gang and beat him to death with sticks.