Agartala: A 26-year-old man was lynched on Tuesday in Tripura’s Sepahijala district on the suspicion that he was a cattle thief, police said.

Two people were arrested in connection with the incident that happened in Baramura, the police added.

The deceased was identified as one Litan Miah, a resident of Tarapukur in Jatrapur police station area in Sonamura subdivision, they added.

Information was received in the morning that villagers have detained a youth, police said.

A police team rushed to the spot and found him critically injured after being thrashed by a group of youths who claimed that he was a cattle thief, they said.

“He was first taken to a local hospital. From there he was referred to GBP Hospital in Agartala as his condition was critical. On the way to that hospital, he died,” Officer-in-Charge of Jatrapur police station Nandan Das told PTI.

As the news of the incident spread, hundreds of locals blocked the road at nearby Dhanpur – the constituency of Leader of Opposition Manik Sarkar – demanding immediate arrest of the killers.

Union Minister of State for Social Empowerment and Justice Pratima Bhoumik is also a resident of Dhanpur.

The father of the deceased, Jamal Miah, lodged a police complaint, following which two people were arrested. Those arrested were Sentu Debnath and Amar Chandra Das, police said.

A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC, including 302 (murder), they said.

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