Published: Пн, Июля 02, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

After Assam, Man Lynched in Tripura Over Suspicion of Being Child Lifter

After Assam, Man Lynched in Tripura Over Suspicion of Being Child Lifter

The Tripura state Home department on Thursday issued the notification on Thursday and said that the order was issued to all the service providers of mobile and internet companies operating in the state.

On Wednesday evening, a mentally-challenged man was thrashed and left with serious injuries by a mob over similar child-lifting and organ trafficking rumours in Agartala.

"A mob attacked his vehicle at Kalachhara when he was returning to Sabroom".

Chief Minister Biplab Deb, appealing to people not to heed child-lifting rumours, said the scare was a CPI (M) conspiracy to tarnish the image of the BJP-led government in Tripura.

Hours before in West Tripura district south of Agartala, a almost 1,000 strong mob attacked four traders from northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing one and leaving the others critically injured.

An official from the police headquarter control room told Hindustan Times, "All senior officers are on the spot". Tension prevailed in Subroom sub-division after the incident.

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The slain man, who has been identified as 30-year-old Jahir Khureshi, and three of the injured were mobile vendors who had arrived as the tribal dominated village to sell garments. Media reports suggest that it remains unclear how the locals of the area suspected the 3 men as child-lifters.

One of the injured Swapan Mia said, "There were around 300 to 400 people who attacked us". They suspected us child lifters in reference to the Mohanpur incident. TSR jawans opened several rounds of blank fire and burst tear gas shells but the mob did not relent till one of the hawkers was dead. "I showed them my driving license, Aadhar and identity card but they still attacked us".

Police spokesman Smriti Ranjan Das said: "The administration has chose to cut off the internet and mobile messaging services for next 48 hours to stop rumour mongering".

The current spate of killings started a year ago in May in eastern Jharkhand state after rumours on WhatsApp about child kidnappers led to the lynching of six men. One of the first cases was reported from Obanapalle village in Andhra Pradesh on April 28 when locals thrashed a mentally unsound man to death.

Rumours fanned by messages on social media and instant messaging of children been kidnapped have resulted in multiple incidents of lynching across the country.

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