Anti-rumour campaigner lynched

Tripura’s Information and Culture department had hired Sukanta Chakraborty to campaign against rumour-mongering.

He ended up being lynched on Thursday night.

Mr. Chakraborty, 33, was one of the three people killed in Tripura in two days following rumours about child-lifting for organ trade spread through social media. Five others, including a constable, have been injured in mob attacks.


The police initially thought Mr. Chakraborty had fallen to the very rumour-mongering that he was assigned to campaign against using loudspeakers in public places.

They later said he could have been killed for “other reasons” that were being probed.

“A mob attacked his vehicle at Kalachhara when he was returning to Sabroom. He died but his driver, who too was beaten up, escaped with injuries,” Smriti Ranjan Das, Assistant Inspector General of Police, told reporters in Agartala.

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