The Gauhati high court on Tuesday directed the centre and Nagaland government to ensure adequate security of all prisoners in Nagaland. The directive followed the hearing of a PIL filed in connection with last week’s lynching of a rape accused in Dimapur.
The PIL was filed by Guwahati-based activist Rajib Kalita on Monday.
Setting a two-week deadline for the centre and Nagaland government to respond to the PIL, the court also pointed out that the onus of providing security to prisoners was on Nagaland’s inspector general of prisons.
“There is serious apprehension in the minds of the family members of the prisoners about their safety and security inside the jails of Nagaland,” advocate Bhaskar Dev Konwar argued, adding the ministry of home affairs submitted to the court the preliminary report (on Dimapur lynching) forwarded by the Nagaland government.
Last Thursday, a mob had dragged rape accused Syed Sarifuddin Khan, 35, out of Dimapur central jail, stripped, thrashed and paraded him for 7km. Khan died on the way, and his body was later strung up on the railing of a clock tower.
Khan was arrested on February 24, two days after he was accused of raping a 20-year-old Naga girl multiple times.