A mob gathered in the Indian city of Dimapur over a man identified as Syed Sirf Khan.
Khan, 35, was accused of raping a female student multiple times last month, according to The Daily Mail. He was also suspected of being an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh.
“A mass protest rally against the rape was held at Dimapur this morning after which students and angry people forced into the district jail and managed to pull out the accused,” the Press Trust of India news agency said.
Khan was stripped naked and beaten to death despite police doing all they could without having massive casualties.
Top police official in Nagaland, L. L. Doungel said “There would have been a lot of casualties. The mob was in the thousands.”
Video of the incident was obtained by NDTV. It shows the man being dragged naked and beat him to death in front of the crowd of thousands.
NDTV also reports that anger over illegal immigrants helped play a factor in the riot.
Ten vehicles were set ablaze during the riot causing police to impose a curfew.
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