Nagaland: Angry mob raids Dimapur Central Jail, lynches 35-year-old rape accused alleged to be ‘Bangladeshi infiltrator’

The incident took place as the angry mob has been agitating against Bangladeshi infiltrators, the accused was also believed to be one.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: March 6, 2015 2:20 pm
Dimapur jail, rape acussed lynched, mob lynch rape accused Security personnel at the site after the mob dragged out the rape accused out of Dimapur district jail and lynched in Dimapur, Nagaland on Thursday. (source: PTI)

A mob in Nagaland barged into the Dimapur Central Jail on Thursday afternoon, dragged out a rape accused and lynched him. Police said the mob overpowered jail security, tied up the man and dragged him for seven kilometres, thrashing him along the way. By the end, he succumbed to his injuries.

Later in the evening, curfew was imposed in Dimapur town following incidents of arson. “The situation is grim. The rape accused is said to be an illegal Bangladeshi infiltrator,” Nagaland DGP L L Doungel, who rushed from Kohima to Dimapur, said. He added that a few arrests had been made.

The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Syed Farid Khan, a small-time trader who dealt in scrap and used motor cars. The incident triggered a backlash against Bangladeshi immigrants, with houses and shops run by them coming under attack.

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Incidentally, the state has been in the grip of an agitation over the issue of illegal immigrants for the past two weeks.

According to reports, despite Section 144 being imposed in Dimapur since Wednesday evening, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and some other local groups called a rally on Thursday to protest against the alleged rape. In the afternoon, a mob rushed to the jail, broke open the gates by overpowering the security personnel on duty. Khan was stripped, tied up and dragged to City Clock Tower area — being kicked and pelted with stones along the way.

Khan was accused of raping a student of a local women’s college on February 24. The NSF and other groups had earlier demanded that he should not be granted bail.

When police turned up to remove Khan’s body, the mob started pelting stones, injuring several personnel. The police then resorted to lathi charge and opened fire. The mob also set an Indian Reserve Battalion bus on fire.

The mob then headed to Purana Bazar area, where the rape-accused had his shop, and reportedly set several shops and houses on fire.

Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang, who is in New Delhi, called up senior ministers and officers, following which a government statement was issued asking people to show restraint. As visuals of the lynching started doing the rounds, the state government requested the media not to share them — in a bid to prevent any more violence.

“Many ugly, objectionable pictures are already on social media, but the traditional media, which is available more widely, has been requested to be more sensitive and apply self censorship to help mitigate the possible ramifications,” the appeal read.

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    SSharma
    Mar 7, 2015 at 12:57 am
    Mob rule is wrong. It's not democracy. A shameful act. And don't see this action looks like fixing crime of one person. But fixing grievance against a community in unlawful way. There is lack of will from security dept in stopping this incident an well as fixing the grievance of the m - infiltration from Bangladesh.
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      abc
      Mar 6, 2015 at 7:28 pm
      Of course its a lesson for snail like Juditiary systems movements and apathy of politicians to make laws more stringent n speedy implications of punishments.
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        abc
        Mar 6, 2015 at 6:50 pm
        this is why u r being treated badly in Delhi.
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          Abhishek Oza
          Mar 7, 2015 at 10:12 pm
          a few points to ponder: इस मुजरिम का नाम है सय्यद फ़रीद ख़ान | सय्यद एक बांग्लादेशी घुसपैठिया है| इसका मतलब ना तो भारत का नागरिक, ना तो भारत मे वीज़ा पर आया विदेशी| इसका मतलब इसकी सुरक्षा की ज़िम्मेदारी भारतीय व्यव्यस्था ने कभी लि ही नही थी | तकनीकी तौर पे भीड़ निर्दोष है, नैतिक तौर पे चाहे कितनी भी दोषी हो | He was: illegal bangladeshi intruder? That means: he was neither Indian citizen, nor a visa holder. That means: no where Indian establishment took his responsibility. That means: If he is killed here, he is not enled to judicial help. The mob may be morally wrong, but technically the mob is not the criminal here. रेप और अन्य जुर्म होने का एक कारण यह भी है की देश मे कई बार कानून काम नही कर पाता | भीड़ ने कानून अपने हाथ मे लेकर उसी कानून को और कमज़ोर बनाया है, और जिस समाया को वह हल करना चाहते थे, उसी समाया को और बढाया है | Crimes including r_pe happen due to bad law and order. And the mob has injured the law and order here. This will aggravate the problem instead of solving the problem this mob wanted to solve (the problem of crimes like r_pe.) ...
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            sk kahali
            Mar 7, 2015 at 12:59 pm
            i have been brought up in the north east and have served in nagaland . it is my considered opinion that there is a communal angle to it. such an incident would never have happened had the rapist been a naga or a tribal. it is no secret that ppl from the plains or " mainland india" are treated as " outsiders" and are routinely cuted and discriminated against in most parts of the north east barring am, tripura, arunachal n sikkim.. some north easterners (the hill tribes - especially nagas, mizos and ppl from meghalaya) also take pride in calling themselves "non indians''. i wonder then, why they feel upset when they are treated as " foreigners" in bangalore , delhi,etc?? rape anywhere is condemnable, there are no second thoughts about it....but there cant be jungle raj!! if this kind of savagery is acceptable to the nagas....... then they should not seek police action or legal action when their kith n kin are beaten up in " mainland india" ...fair enough, isnt it??
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            agwa rengma
            Mar 6, 2015 at 3:34 pm
            Why , n who give oder to give hand..,over. To palic., that is not good , you hve. To kwn. The girl crstor??
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              akbar khan
              Mar 7, 2015 at 2:59 pm
              Naga people should not cry for police help when they r bitten in mainland. Be rady to face such reply from other indian mob
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                akbar khan
                Mar 7, 2015 at 2:49 pm
                Dear people like u can understand the problems of our country . good remarks
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