Dimapur jailbreak and killing
‘On the pretext of a rape case, a section of miscreants in Dimapur have been attacking traders and masjids. Such incidents can’t be taken as ease.’ – Badruddin Ajmal
by our staff reporter
GUWAHATI, March 6: The unprecedented mob violence in Dimapur in retaliation to an alleged rape incident made people the world throw their hands up in horror.
Rape is undoubtedly a heinous crime, but killing a rape accused yet to be convicted of the alleged crime is even more heinous, all right-thinking people believe. This is a sheer case of denying an accused justice.
Sarif Uddin Khan, a rape accused from Karimganj district of Assam, doing business at Dimapur in galand, was in Dimapur Central Jail when a mob of around 10,000 people broke open the gate of the high-security jail on Thursday, took the accused out, tied his hands, stripped him of all clothes barring the underwear, pulled him with a motorcycle by tying his hands with the bike in the main thoroughfares of the town, bashed him up thoroughly and hanged him publicly. Without stopping there, the mob even tortured the body of the accused.
The Minority Morcha of the Assam State BJP Committee reacted to the incident sharply. In a statement issued to the press, Morcha president Moinul Aowal and general secretary Mahir Uddin Ahmed said: “This is more horrible than what’s happening in terrorist-infested countries. This unprecedented incident is a threat to the Constitution of India. How come the mob broke open the gate of the high-security central jail? Why is the state administration silent? Such a horrible incident can’t occur without support from the jail authority and the police administration. We demand President’s Rule in galand and exemplary punishment to the guilty. galand has precedents of public and police committing crimes jointly.”
Meanwhile, the AIUDF also condemned the incident. In a statement issued to the press, AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal said: “This is an unprecedented and unexpected incident. On the pretext of a rape case, a section of miscreants in Dimapur have been attacking traders and masjids. Such incidents can’t be taken as ease.”
Ajmal appealed to the galand Government to take immediate action so that the situation does not have any spillover effects and the lives and property of others can be saved. “We will send AIUDF MP from Karimganj, Radheshyam Biswas, to galand to take up the matter with the galand Government,” Ajmal said, and demanded Rs 25 lakh as compensation to the next of kin of the deceased and also compensation to other businessmen affected at the mob attack.
“I have sent a memorandum each to Union Home Minister Rajth Singh and his deputy Kiren Rijiju apprising them of the incident,” Ajmal said.
Ajmal appreciated Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for taking up the matter with his galand counterpart over telephone yesterday, and said: “Gogoi should also ensure through talks with the galand government that the people of Assam are safe in the neighbouring state.”
The AIUDF president also appealed to all to exercise restraint and help peace to prevail.