Locals set houses on fire after fake news circulates on social media alleging rape of two girls by members belonging to another community
Agartala: Close to 300 people belonging to 61 families fled their village after at least one house was set on fire following a clash between two communities in West Tripura district over an incident of alleged molestation of a tribal girl on Friday, said the police.
According to sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) BB Das, the tribal girl and her boyfriend had gone to Ranirbazar area of West Tripura district for pandal-hopping when four men allegedly molested her and snatched her mobile phone. The duo went back to their locality and came back with a large group of people who attacked houses of those who allegedly tried to molest the girl. A situation of panic ensued soon after the incident.
Things went south when rumours began to spread on social media alleging that the two girls were raped by members of another community.
The SDPO further said that the situation couldn’t be brought under control immediately and the group of people tried to burn down several houses and succeeded in torching one. Following the scuffle, around 300 members of 61 families fled the village out of fear. Around 100 of them are currently sheltered at camps near the Ranirbazar police station.
A large number of police have been deployed in the area and the situation is presently under control.
Meanwhile, the police have also filed a case of rumour-mongering, and later posted on their Facebook page appealing people not spread rumours over the Internet.