The brother of the man lynched by a mob in Dimapur alleged on Saturday that his sibling was framed by Naga groups fighting against immigrants even as Amnesty International sought action against those responsible for the killing.
Jamal Uddin Khan--the brother of Syed Farid Khan, who was dragged out of the Central Jail in Dimapur and lynched after being arrested on a rape charge--claimed that police were hand in glove with those behind his brother's killing.
Dismissing allegations that his brother was an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh, Jamal Uddin said his family belonged to Assam's Karimganj district. He told NDTV news channel both he and another brother, Kamal Khan, are serving in the Indian Army's Assam Regiment.
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Jamal Uddin complained his family was not being allowed to conduct his brother's funeral in their hometown.
Farid Khan, identified as Syed Sarif Uddin Khan in some media reports, was beaten to death by a mob of thousands on Thursday. The mob stormed the Central Jail in Dimapur and took away Farid Khan, who was in judicial custody.
The mob stripped the 35-year-old man naked and paraded him through the town before he was beaten to death and his body hung from a clock tower in the heart of Dimapur.
On Saturday, the India chapter of Amnesty International sought action against members of the mob. "They must be brought to justice urgently," the global rights body said.
"This is a serious lapse in the criminal justice system. The Nagaland government must ensure that every person who was part of the mob is brought to justice. Failure to do so will send the message that anyone can commit outrageous abuses and attempt to justify them as an expression of public anger," said Shemeer Babu, programmes director at Amnesty International India.
"Nagaland authorities must uphold the rule of law. Violence against women needs to be tackled with swift and effective responses from the state, not with barbarism by self-appointed vigilantes," Babu said.
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Nagaland police officials said they did not initially use force against the mob because they wanted to avoid casualties. Police later opened fire to disperse the mob, causing the death of one person. The state government has suspended three senior officials, including the chief of the Central Jail, and ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident.
Farid Khan was arrested and remanded in judicial custody on February 25 after a complaint was lodged against him for allegedly raping a woman.
Rights groups have expressed several doubts about the police's version of events that preceded the lynching. They have pointed to the lack of a medical report to confirm the rape for which Farid Khan was charged. Nagaland police have also not confirmed the whereabouts of the victim and why officials initially claimed Farid Khan was an illegal Bangladeshi migrant.
Naga civil society groups have condemned the lynching. They also attacked the Central and Nagaland governments, alleging they were not acting on concerns among local residents over illegal migrants.