Lynching of rape accused: 3 suspended

Dimapur/Kohima: Three senior officials of Dimapur, including the SP and the central jail chief, were suspended on Friday and a judicial inquiry was ordered into the lynching of a rape accused by a mob in this Nagaland town where the situation was stated to be tense but under control.
One person identified as Inito Swu, who was among the five injured in police firing on the mob, succumbed on Friday, police said.
Neighbouring Assam was put on high alert by the Centre following the incident in Dimapur as the rape accused Syed Farid Khan is believed to be from that state.
Khan had allegedly raped a Naga woman several times before he was arrested on February 25.
Infuriated by the alleged rape, the mob had forced its way into the Central jail on Thursday, pulled Khan out of the prison, paraded him naked before lynching him.
Karai Chawang, Press Officer to Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeilang, told PTI on phone from Kohima that a meeting of the state cabinet decided to suspend Deputy Commissioner Wezope Kenye, SP Meren Jamir and B. Chuba Phom, Senior Superintendent of Central Jail, for “their failure to control the situation.”
CMO sources said the Cabinet, presided by Zeilang, ordered setting up of a one-man commission headed by Veprasa Nyekha, retired District and Sessions Judge, to inquire into the lynching.
The Centre meanwhile sought a report from Nagaland government on the incident. (PTI)

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