Six months after a man arrested after he was accused of rape was pulled out of the Dimapur Central Jail in Nagaland by a mob and lynched, the Gauhati High Court on Monday asked the CBI to investigate into the killing.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice (acting) K Sreedhar Rao and Justice PK Saikia, disposing a PIL issued this direction to the CBI and asked it to submit its report within six months, lawyer Bhaskar Dev Konwar who appeared for the petitioner said. The rape-accused who was killed by the mob was one Syed Sarif Khan, who hailed from Karimganj in Assam and dealt in used cars in Dimapur.
It was on March 5 this year that a mob broke the main gates of the Dimapur Central Jail and dragged Khan out of the prison, beat him up, paraded him naked and finally lynched and hanged his body in the Clock Tower in the Nagaland town, with the police remaining a helpless spectator.
Rajeeb Kalita, a Guwahati-based citizen had filed a PIL demanding a CBI investigation into the incident which had attracted nation-wide attention and evoked a lot of protest especially in Assam. The police in its initial report had said that it had restrained from using force to stop the mob because it mostly had girls and women in the front.
The Nagaland government had in an affidavit filed in connection with the incident informed the High Court that while three cases were registered with the police, an SIT was constituted to investigate, 58 persons were arrested and lookout notices was issued against 32 persons. A one-man judicial enquiry headed by a Retired District and Sessions Judge was also ordered by the Nagaland government.
The Nagaland government had on March 19 recommended handing over the investigation to the CBI.