AGARTALA, June 28 - In a gruesome incident today, a retail garments seller from Uttar Pradesh was lynched by an irate mob at Murabari area under the Sidhai Police Station in West Tripura district. Two other garments sellers from the same State and a local driver, who were also severely beaten up, saved themselves by running to a nearby TSR camp.
The garments sellers came under attack as they were suspected to be child traffickers. The incident happened despite appeals by the administration over the past few days to keep calm in the midst of rumours.
The slain garments seller was identified as Jahir Khan and the three injured persons were identified as Khurshid Khan and Guljar Khar � both from Uttar Pradesh � and driver Swapan Miah of Bhati Abhoy Nagar area here. The three injured persons were shifted to the GB Hospital in a critical condition.
The police had to resort to lathicharge and blank fire, and use tear gas to quell the mob. High tension prevails in the Mohanpur area where an 11-year-old boy was brutally hacked to death by two suspected minors.
In another incident on Wednesday night, a woman who had arrived at the Jogendra Nagar Railway Station along with her two children was assaulted by a group of people, suspecting her to be a child trafficker. They beat her up before she was rescued by the police.
The woman was admitted to the GBP Hospital with injuries, while her two children were sheltered in the government run Childline Home, an NGO working for protection of children�s rights.
Meanwhile, worried by the continuing rumour-driven violence, the State Police have requested the Government to suspend social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for 48 hours.
�DGP AK Shukla has written to the Home Secretary to suspend services of the social media platforms to prevent rumours for 48 hours. We are keeping a close eye on the situation and tough action will be taken against the rumour mongers,� said a senior police officer here.