Curfew imposed Dimapur after rape accused dragged from prison and killed

Dimapur: The Nagaland Police on Friday said that they had imposed a round-the-clock curfew, a day after a rape accused was dragged out of jail and lynched by a mob and another man was killed in the subsequent police firing.

Several thousand people gathered as the man, accused of raping a girl last month was mercilessly beaten to death.Photo : AFP
Several thousand people gathered as the man, accused of raping a girl last month was mercilessly beaten to death.
Photo : AFP
The man in question, identified as 35-year-old Syed Farid Khan, was accused of rape and had been produced in Dimapur Central Jail. According to reports, the mob overpowered security personnel and dragged Khan out while thrashing him, resulting in his death.

“A 25-year-old youth suspected to be part of the mob was injured in police firing, who later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital,” Meren Jamir, superintendent of police in Dimapur, said.

“The curfew will continue till the situation normalises,” he added.

“We tried our best to contain the situation, but crowd that had gathered was mostly in school uniforms. Thus, we could not directly fire upon them,” Jamir also said.

Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang said the accused was a Bangladeshi immigrant, and Jamir said his killing had been followed by attacks on Bangladeshi-owned businesses.

Jamir said the situation was “very tense”, but they were trying to “restore order”, with hundreds of riot police personnel patrolling the streets.

An inquiry was also underway over the rape accused’s killing, Zeliang said.

Nagaland’s indigenous tribal groups have for years accused the growing population of Bengali-speaking Muslims from nearby Bangladesh of illegally settling on their land and eating into their resources.

The incident has been condemned by political leaders, who have urged people not to take the law into their own hands and keep their trust in judicial proceedings.

Meanwhile, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh has called for the setting up of fast-track courts to ensure speedy justice to rape victims.

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