A 60-year-old man was beaten to death by a lunatic at Guliraibari in Seepahijala district, about 50 km south of Agartala, before dawn on Sunday. The lunatic was later lynched by an irate mob.

The lunatic identified as Chaitrya Debbarma was lynched to death in presence of his wife and a relative after the former hit Biswarai Debbarma, 60, with a stick. Chaitrya was lodged in the house of a village doctor at Guliraibari for treatment from where he managed to flee post midnight.

He started pelting stones on Biswarai Debbarma’s house who got enraged and rebuked him for the act. Chaitrya got angry and started hitting Biswarai with a bamboo pole. As he raised a hue and cry, people gathered at the scene and started beating the lunatic mercilessly resulting his death on the spot. Biswarai, was declared brought dead when taken to hospital.

An officer of local Bisramganj police station said police registered a murder complaint against ‘unknown’ assailants in connection with death of the lunatic. No arrest has been made so far.

In another tragic incident a furious man beheaded a youth at Machli in Manu police station limit in Dhalai district on June14. Police arrested assailant Shankar Deb who alleged that victim Subodh Debnath, 28, had stolen some articles from his house.

Police officers have launched an added investigation after reports suggested that the beheading occurred in presence of a few police personnel and some villagers who failed to control Shankar Deb from committing the crime. People in the area were outraged by the incident and blocked a road to protest the gruesome murder.