An unidentified man was lynched by a group of people in Kamalnagar village of the Sonamura area in Tripura in the early hours of Saturday.
Though the victim is yet to be identified, the police said they found a mobile phone and Bangladesh’s currency in his possession.
“According to the locals here, the thief is from Jamnagar in Bangladesh. There were two more with him, all from Kumilla district in Bangladesh. We recovered Bangladesh currency (taka) and a mobile set with Bangladesh connection from his possession,” News18 quotes a police officer as saying.
The villagers beat the youth to death following they accused him of cattle theft.
“He (the deceased) was giving misleading information when questioned,” a member of the killer mob said to reporters.
Two young men who were with the deceased managed to escape from the mob’s attack. When the trio allegedly entered the house of one Litan Paul to steal cows, the owner caught them in the act with the help of a neighbor, according to NDTV.
Last year, three Bangladeshi nationals were lynched by a Hindu mob in the Karimganj district of another northeast state Assam, following the mob had accused Bangladeshi nationals of cattle smuggling. In this case, last week, the Assam Human Rights Commission had issued a fresh notice to the Superintendent of Police of the Karimganj district seeking the status of the probe. Earlier, noting that the probe into this case was yet to be completed by the Karimganj District police, the Commission had, by its order dated September 22, 2021, asked the Superintendent of Police, Karimganj to submit a status report of the ongoing investigation.
Stressing that any form of lynching can’t be permitted in our society, the Commission headed by Justice T. Vaiphei, in its order observed that such a matter should not go unpunished as otherwise, it would send a wrong signal to others.
Brutal mob killings, mainly Hindutva mob lynchings of Muslims now seem to have become very normal in India with more than 100 cases of brutal lynching have been reported in two years even in the time of the pandemic.