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Thousands storm prison, drag rape suspect out and lynch him

Crime WorldBy Shuki Byrne
People raise their phones to get footage of the suspected rapist
People raise their phones to get footage of the suspected rapist

Several thousand people stormed a prison in north-eastern India, where they dragged away a man accused of rape and then lynched him.

The mob overpowered security at Dimapur Central Prison in Nagaland and seized the rape suspect, whom they also accused of being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh.

They pelted him with stones and beat him to death, said police constable Sunep Aier.

The man had been arrested on suspicion of raping a local woman on February 24.

In recent years, India has seen an outpouring of anger against sexual violence that is pervasive across the country.

But the killing was also probably linked to tensions in Nagaland over an influx of migrants from Bangladesh. Dimapur, the largest city in Nagaland, is 1,660 kilometres (1,000 miles) east of New Delhi.

Several local groups accuse the migrants of taking away their land and jobs and have been protesting in recent weeks.