Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang and home minister Y Patton have blamed social media users for incitement leading to the lynching of a rape accused on March 5.
Appealing to all sections of people not to politicise the incident or give it a communal or religious colour, Zeliang said some groups and individuals were using social networking sites to spread rumours and libelous comments in an attempt to stir up communal hatred.
"We respect the freedom of speech of our citizens, but will not remain a mere spectator to any social networking site and its users irresponsibly acting as channel to create communal feeling," he said in a statement issued Saturday evening.
Patton said that social media users in Nagaland had fuelled and sensationalised the incident by uploading it on various sites. "We should have self-censored responsibilities by the gravity of the incidents and situations. I personally appeal to the people of the state particularly our youth to exhibit our sense of humanity."
Riot police on Saturday patrolled Dimapur after the public lynching of the rape suspect, enforcing a round-the-clock curfew for a second day as the killing was condemned as "barbaric and inhuman".
The 35-year-old suspect, accused of raping a woman multiple times and arrested in late February, was dragged out of prison in Nagaland by a mob before being beaten to death and strung up to a clock tower on Thursday.
Khan's brother Jamaluddin said the killing was "politically motivated" and accused police of "falsely implicating his brother on behest of Naga groups, who want to root out non-tribals from the state".
Jamaluddin, an Indian army sergeant, accused Nagaland's government of "deliberately dubbing him as a Bangladeshi immigrant to justify the killing". "The girl's medical report didn't confirm rape but still my brother was jailed and then handed over to the mob who lynched him just because he was a Bengali-speaking person," he told AFP from his home in Assam.
With inputs from AFP