Dimapur lynching: Prohibitory orders lifted, Net, SMS services restored

Prohibitory orders were lifted in Dimapur and Internet, SMS and MMS services restored as life slowly returned to normal on Friday in the Nagaland town where a rape accused was lynched by a mob earlier this month.

PTI| Updated: Mar 13, 2015, 22:36 PM IST

Kohima: Prohibitory orders were lifted in Dimapur and Internet, SMS and MMS services restored as life slowly returned to normal on Friday in the Nagaland town where a rape accused was lynched by a mob earlier this month.

Two more persons were also arrested in connection with the lynching case, taking the total number of arrests to 52.

Prohibitory orders were revoked completely since last night.

The prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC were relaxed between 6 AM and 9 PM yesterday, but later it was decided that such measures were no longer required, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Dimapur Shoukha Kakheto said.

He also said that SMS and MMS services were restored late last night and Internet services today.

Normal functioning of all business establishments, educational institutions and government offices have been reported from all quarters of the districts, he said.

One of two arrested has been identified to be a juvenile and referred to the juvenile justice board of the state, Kakheto said.

Police has released photographs of 24 suspects. The photos were collected from clippings of the lynching incident obtained from various sources, he said.

A mob had broken into Dimapur Central Jail on March 5 and dragged out Syed Sarif Khan and lynched him.

Khan, who hailed from Karimganj district of Assam, was arrested on the charge of raping a woman in Dimapur on February 24 and remanded in judicial custody the next day.

However, the Nagaland government a few days ago has conveyed to the Centre that Khan did not rape the girl who accused him of assaulting her but they had consensual sex twice.

In a report to the Home Ministry, the state government said Khan had given a statement to police after his arrest on February 24 that he had paid Rs 5,000 to the alleged rape victim after they had sex twice.