20-Year-Old Lynched in Tripura for Allegedly Stealing Mobile Phone

A 20-year-old man, identified as Kishan Debnath, was lynched by a mob in the Kumarghat village in North Tripura on Tuesday, 17 Septemer. He was attacked for allegedly stealing.

Kumarghat is located just 132 km away from the state’s capital, Agartala.

Debnath was found in possession of a mobile phone, a headphone and bicycle, allegedly stolen the previous day from the houses owned by Dilip Das (50) and Sukesh Das (55).

“The villagers brought Debnath to Sukantapalli and started beating him. On getting information, we rescued Debnath and admitted him to a local hospital, where he died,” said officer-in-charge told Hindustan Times.

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Both Dilip and Sukesh, prime suspects in the lynching case, have been arrested by the Tripura police, the newspaper report said.

Earlier in July, a man was lynched in a remote tribal village near the Indo-Bangla border in Tripura’s Dhalai district on suspicion of stealing cattle.

Three states – Rajasthan, Manipur and West Bengal have framed anti-lynching laws to provide for stricter punishment to culprits. The Supreme Court had earlier this year asked the Centre to pass a separate law on lynching.

(With inputs from Hindustan Times)

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