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Lynch victim’s body taken to home town in Assam

Police arrest activists of Asomiya Yuva Mancha who staged a protest in front of Nagaland House in Guwahati, Assam, on Saturday against the lynching of a 35-year old man from Assam accusaed of rape in Dimapur, Nagaland.  

The body of the lynched rape accused, Syed Farid Khan, was taken to his home town of Karimganj in Assam after it was handed over by the Nagaland authorities.

The body was flown by a special helicopter arranged by the Assam Government and handed over to Khan’s family for the last rites, the sources said.

Khan’s brothers had left for Khatkhati town in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district bordering Nagaland on Friday to bring back the body, they said.

Karimganj Deputy Commissioner Sanjib Gohain Boruah had visited Khan’s residence on Friday evening and pledged all possible help to his mother.

Protests against the lynching were reported from different parts of the State, including Karimganj, and a strict vigil was kept to prevent any untoward incident.

Khan had been arrested on charge of raping a woman in Dimapur on February 24 and remanded in judicial custody in the Dimapur Central Jail the next day.

On March 5, a mob broke into the jail, pulled him out, stripped him naked, beat him up, pelted him with stones and dragged him behind a motor cycle with a rope tied around his waist for seven km towards the centre of Dimapur town.

Khan died of his injuries on the way and the mob hung his body at the clock tower in Dimapur.

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