Agartala: A 36-year-old man was beaten to death on suspicion of being a cattle lifter by an angry mob at Raishyabari in Dhalai district, about 136 km from state capital Agartala, in Tripura late on Tuesday night.
The deceased was identified as Budhi Kumar Tripura, a resident of Manyakumar Para.
Speaking with reporters, inspector general of police Arindam Nath confirmed the incident and said that the suspected cattle lifter was lynched by villagers at Noaram Para village in Raishyabari.
According to reports, Budhi Kumar was spotted by some people when he tried to enter a cow shed in the area. Upon seeing people approaching towards him, Budhi Kumar tried to escape but was caught by the angry villagers.
“The locals told us that he entered a cow shed when some villagers caught him and started beating him. Upon receiving the information, a team of Raishyabari police station rushed to the spot and rescued him around midnight. He was admitted to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries early on Wednesday morning,” officer in-charge Suleman Reang.
Meanwhile, Tripura Gau Raksha Bahini president Murtaja Uddin Chowdhury told this correspondent that strict punishment should be awarded to cattle-lifters. However, he added that people should not take law into their own hands and allow the police to take due action.
In a similar incident on June 21, Sharif Miah alias Tuhin, 25, from Putia village in Kamthana area of Sonamura, was shot while he was trying to smuggle cattle into Bangladesh.
However, Anik Miah, brother of the deceased, told the media that his brother was a student of B Ed course in a Kolkata-based college and was not involved in cattle smuggling.
The state cabinet decided to implement the law taking cue from a Supreme Court order in July, 2018 where the apex court directed all state governments to frame a rule for implementing the scheme within one month.
According to mob violence compensation rules, the state government is supposed to pay Rs 4 lakh to families of people who die in mob violence and Rs 2 lakh to those who are crippled with 80% injuries, Rs 1 lakh in case of 40-80% injuries, Rs 95,000 for those who sustain damage in their ‘pucca’ houses or shops, Rs 50,000 for damages in ‘kutchha’ houses or shops, etc.