An alleged thief died in a mob beating in Hosenerkhil Nishchintagram area under Fatikchhari upazila of the district early yesterday.
The deceased, Rafiqul Islam, 27, son of late Sirajul Islam, had long been engaged in motorcycle lifting, said Sub-Inspector Mir Kashem, in-charge of Dantmara Police Investigation Centre in the upazila.
Police said Rafiqul tried to lift a motorcycle from the area around 8:00pm on Tuesday. Sensing the matter, locals chased him but failed to catch him.
After quite some time, when he returned to the area around 2:00am, locals caught him and beat him mercilessly. He died on the spot, the SI added.
On information, police went to the spot, recovered the body and sent it to the hospital morgue for autopsy.