Three persons were lynched by mobs in two separate places under the Khowai district of Tripura, around 100 km from here on suspicion of being cattle smugglers on Sunday morning, Superintendent of Police Kiran Kumar said.

Reportedly, the villagers of Namajoy Para, spotted a mini-truck loaded with five cattle heads around 4:30 AM when they were moving towards Agartala.

“The villagers chased them and managed to stop the vehicle near North Maharanipur village. The angry villagers started thrashing and beating them with ‘lethal weapons’ and lynched two of the suspected cattle lifters at the spot,” Kumar said.

He also said that another suspected cattle lifter, who had managed to flee the place, was also caught by the villagers at Mungiakami, a tribal hamlet near North Maharanipur and was lynched by those angry mobs.

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The police upon receiving the information rushed to the two locations and rescued them from there are shifted to Mungiakami primary health centre, a local hospital and then to Agartala Government Medical College. The doctors on duty declared them brought dead upon arrival in Agartala, the Khowai district superintendent added.

The police have registered a case against unknown persons and have launched an investigation in this regard.

Meanwhile, the deceased persons were identified as Jayed Hossain (30), Billal Miah (28), and Saiful Islam (18), all residents of the Sonamura subdivision under Sepahijala district, around 49 km from Agartala. SDPO Sona Charan Jamatia of Teliamura sub-division under Khowai district informed that a case against unknown people for mob lynching was registered in Kalyanpur police station, while two cases were registered in Champahour police station for stealing three cattle heads.

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