A man, accused of raping a woman, was dragged out of central jail in Nagaland's Dimapur town and lynched by a mob on Thursday. A mass protest rally against the rape was held at Dimapur on Thursday morning after which students and angry people forced into the district jail and managed to pull out the accused.
Syed Farid Khan, 35, was arrested for allegedly raping a Naga woman repeatedly on February 23. Khan belonged to Assam and worked as a dealer of used cars. He was suspected to be a Bangladeshi national.
On Thursday evening, a mob stormed into the central jail in Dimapur, dragged the alleged rapist out and lynched him in public. From the Dimapur Municipal Council, the protestors stripped and pulled Khan while marching towards the jail. They had planned to take him to the Clock Tower where a public hanging had been planned. But Khan succumbed to the injuries on the way, even before being taken to the hospital.
The mob tied his body to a vehicle and dragged it to the Clock Tower.
An emergency cabinet meeting was held at 7 pm at the residential office of chief minister to take stock of the law and other situation in Dimapur. The cabinet condemned the violent incident whereby the mob took the law into their hands, leading to the death of the accused, said a release issued by CMO Media Cell this evening.
The cabinet also decided to institute a high-level committee to inquire into the incident and find out the circumstances leading to it. The committee would also inquire into the lapses or shortcomings on the part of any public servant in connection with the incident and the person or group of persons responsible for the violence leading to the death of the accused in the hands of the mob.
The chief minister, being in New Delhi, the cabinet meeting was chaired by Minister for Social Security & Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs, Kiyanilie Peseyie, the CMO Media Cell added.
Situation went out of hand when the mob vandalised shops belonging to non-locals. The police opened fire to disperse the mob and in that about 20 persons were injured. The mob pelted stones and torched police vehicles in retaliation.
The police suspect that some prisoners might have escaped during the public raid in the central jail.