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Dimapur incident: Post mortem

Who lynched Syed Farid Khan in Dimapur on Friday wee hours after dragging him out of the central jail? What evidence the mob had against the resident of Karimganj? The picture is not clear.

It was only an allegation by a 25-year-old woman that she was raped. Initially, Syed was alleged to have raped a minor girl. This was absolutely wrong. A 25 year old woman is not a minor. 

Now let’s look into the veracity of the allegation. According to police officials who were dealing with the sensational allegation, there was prima facie evidence of rape.

The medical examination is still inconclusive. Then how the mob confirmed the rape by the businessman? That’s a crucial point.     

Strange are the ways of the policemen guarding the jail. Why additional forces were not deployed to deal with the mob? How the mob stormed into the jail in full view of eight companies of security forces? How the violent youths managed to overpower these security forces? That’s a serious lapse which chief minister TR Zeliang has admitted. A few miscreants have been picked up with the help of video footage? But will the government ensure exemplary punishment for the miscreants involved in this incident where without sufficient evidence at hand a rape accused was dragged out of the “porous” jail premises to be lynched on the street in Talibani style?    

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