Kohima: A man accused of raping a girl was beaten to death on Thursday after a violent mob broke into a prison at Dimapur in Nagaland.A mass protest rally against the rape was held at Dimapur on Thursday morning after which students and other angry people forced their way into the the Central Jail and managed to pull out the accused.The accused had allegedly raped the victim several times on 23 February and was arrested the following day following a complaint lodged by the victim.
The police resorted to blank firing and fired tear gas shells but failed to control the situation, officials said.
The accused was dragged naked to the main town and he died of the injuries of beatings by the public, a senior official said.
According to local media reports, he died while being dragged four miles through the streets as people beat and pelted him with stones.
The accused has been identified as a 35-year-old 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.
An emergency cabinet meeting was held at 7pm at the residential office of the 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 the CMO of the 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 and welfare and parliamentary affairs, Kiyanilie Peseyie, the media cell CMO added.