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4 cops suspended over lynching of campaigner

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AGARTALA, July 4 - Four police personnel were today suspended in connection with the lynching of a person hired by the Tripura Government to spread awareness against rumour mongering last month, a senior police official said.

The four include an assistant sub-inspector and a constable of the State police, and two riflemen of the Tripura State Rifles, IG (Law and Order) KV Sreejesh said.

�These police personnel were there in the area for some other purpose. We have suspended them because a departmental inquiry has been initiated against them regarding their roles on that day,� Sreejesh said.

Sukanta Chakrabarty (33) was lynched by a mob suspecting him of being a child lifter at Kalachhara in south Tripura district on June 28. He was a member of a team set up by the State Information and Culture Affairs Department which was campaigning against rumour mongering.

Investigation is on to find out the cause of rumour mongering, the IG said, adding that more people could be arrested in this connection. Altogether 14 people were arrested in that connection.

Tripura Police is closely monitoring similar incidents in other States of the country, the IG said.

Besides Chakrabarty, an unidentified woman and a hawker from Uttar Pradesh were also lynched on the suspicion of being child lifters in separate districts of the State on the same day. � PTI

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4 cops suspended over lynching of campaigner

AGARTALA, July 4 - Four police personnel were today suspended in connection with the lynching of a person hired by the Tripura Government to spread awareness against rumour mongering last month, a senior police official said.

The four include an assistant sub-inspector and a constable of the State police, and two riflemen of the Tripura State Rifles, IG (Law and Order) KV Sreejesh said.

�These police personnel were there in the area for some other purpose. We have suspended them because a departmental inquiry has been initiated against them regarding their roles on that day,� Sreejesh said.

Sukanta Chakrabarty (33) was lynched by a mob suspecting him of being a child lifter at Kalachhara in south Tripura district on June 28. He was a member of a team set up by the State Information and Culture Affairs Department which was campaigning against rumour mongering.

Investigation is on to find out the cause of rumour mongering, the IG said, adding that more people could be arrested in this connection. Altogether 14 people were arrested in that connection.

Tripura Police is closely monitoring similar incidents in other States of the country, the IG said.

Besides Chakrabarty, an unidentified woman and a hawker from Uttar Pradesh were also lynched on the suspicion of being child lifters in separate districts of the State on the same day. � PTI

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