Though police have not arrested anyone in connection with child lifting, Gandacherra SDPO Siddhartha Sinha said on Friday three tribal youths were arrested on Tuesday for smuggling dogs to Mizoram and Nagaland.
He added that six dogs - found tied inside sacks - were also rescued from their possession.
The trio were produced before the local court and charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.
They were, however, granted bail but asked not to leave the state. Sinha added that police acted on a tip-off and laid a trap after dogs were reported missing from the area over the past few days.
The youths, who were caught after a massive vehicle check-up, confessed that the dogs had been smuggled to Mizoram or Nagaland at Rs 4000 to Rs 6000 each.
Meanwhile, as many as 11 people were beaten up by the locals and two were hacked to death in five separate incidents in the past fortnight on suspicion of their involvement in child-lifting rackets.
Two such incidents from North Tripura, five from Dhalai district, three from West Tripura and one from South Tripura have been reported in the last two weeks.
"However, no such allegation has been established so far after interrogation," said DIG Nepal Das. Abdul Rupkhan (50), Raj Kumar Chowdhury (60) and Nirmal Sarkar (55), along with their two grand children, were praying at their ancestral land in North Tripura's Manikpur village when the villagers lynched them, mistaking them for child-lifters two week ago, Das added. Rupkhan and Chowdhury died on the spot while Nirmal, who is in critical condition, is undergoing treatment.