Prasenjit Saha

Agartala: A man suspected of being a thief was beaten to death by a mob after they caught him allegedly sneaking into a shop in the GBP market area on Saturday.

According to the police, the incident took place on Saturday morning when Prasenjit Saha, 24, was sitting in the balcony of a shop in GBP market.

Speaking with reporters, Keshab Dey, father-in-law of deceased Prasenjit Saha said that he left his home on Friday morning and when after 24 hours he did not return home they started searching for him.

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“We visited the East Agartala police station, Khayerpur police station, NCC police station and searched for him in the nearby areas. On Monday morning, the locals informed us that a news channel has broadcast news showing how he was thrashed and beaten to death on the suspicion of being a thief,” Dey said.

The family members have registered a case with the police station and said that he was a worker and was engaged with welding work.

“If he was a thief and even if he had looted anything from the shop, the locals could have called the police and handed him over. He was killed on suspicion of being a thief, even though he was not found doing anything,” Dey added.

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His wife said Prasenjit’s health was not good and he was sitting in the balcony of the shop. He gave the number of his family members and even requested to forgive him, but he was thrashed and killed by the locals on suspicion of being a thief.

A number of such incidents have been reported in the state earlier. The Mob lynching which was at its peak in 2018 claimed several lives in the state.

An on-duty police official informed that the investigation for apprehending those accused of killing him has begun.

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