Agartala: The Tripura Police recovered the decomposed body of the 16-year-old boy who went missing the day three youths were lynched on suspicion of cattle smuggling in two separate places under the Khowai district of Tripura on June 20.

According to the Khowai district police superintendent, Dr Kiran Kumar, the body was recovered on Saturday after the statement of the accused person arrested for involvement in the killing.

“On June 20, three youths were brutally beaten to death by locals in the North Maharanipur area under Mungiakami police station on suspicion of cattle lifters. They were accompanied by another young man Selim Mia alias Hridoy (16) who went missing after the incident,” Kumar said.

The Khowai district police recovered his body from the dense forest of North Maharanipur, Shubharam Para under Mungiakami police station.

Ripon Debbarma was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of involvement in the murder, police said. After interrogating him, the Mungiakami police on Saturday arrested another Deendayal Kumar Debbarma (32).

“We recovered the body of Selim Miah alias Hridoy (16), resident of Bardowal area of Sonamura, from the dense forest of Uttar Maharanipur Subharam Para based on the statement of the arrested persons,” the district superintendent said.

Mungiakami Police Station officer-in-charge, Teliamura sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Sona Charan Jamatia, Khowai district superintendent of police Kiran Kumar, additional superintendent of police Rajib Sengupta and others rushed to the spot.

Police, after recovering the decomposed body of Selim Miah, sent it to the morgue of Teliamura Sub-divisional hospital for autopsy.

The Khowai district police superintendent told the media that the police had arrested Deendayal Kumar Debbarma. After questioning, they came to know that he was killed and his body buried.

Accordingly, a team of police, TSR and CRPF recovered Selim Miah’s body from the ground in the dense forest of Shubharam Para in the North Maharanipur area under Mungiakami police station.

Earlier on June 20, 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.

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.



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