Dimapur: An alleged rapist, suspected to be a Bangladeshi migrant, was thrashed and killed by a mob which stormed the high-security central jail in Nagaland’s commercial town of Dimapur, officials said.
Taking justice into their own hands, the gang today overpowered security at the Central Jail in the city of Dimapur and grabbed the man, who allegedly raped a female student multiple times last month.
According to local media reports, he died while being dragged four miles through the streets as people beat and pelted him with stones.
The horrific attack on the man, who had not been convicted of rape, comes amid rising anger over the high rate of sexual violence in the country.
He has been identified as 35-year-old Syed Farid Khan, a used car trader, according to The Indian Express.
The man allegedly raped a student from a local women’s college on February 24, and he was arrested a day later.
At least 10 vehicles were also set ablaze by the unruly mob forcing the authorities to clamp curfew in Dimapur district.
‘A mass protest rally against the rape was held at Dimapur this morning after which students and angry people forced into the district jail and managed to pull out the accused,’ the Press Trust of India news agency said.
It has been reported the crowd tore down two gates before dragging him to the town’s clock tower.
It’s said they also set fire to homes and shops in an area where the suspect ran his business.
Several people were injured when police used batons and opened fire, while officers were hurt when the mob pelted them with stones in Nagaland state in northeast India. The police later removed the man’s body.
‘The situation is very tense,’ town police superintendent Meren Jamir told the Hindustan Times. ‘We are trying our very best to restore order.’