Kohima/Dimapur: Curfew on Sunday was clamped in the Dimapur town of Nagaland and 22 people were arrested in connection with the lynching of a rape accused, a senior police officer said.

Additional director general of police (law and order) G. Akheto Seema said curfew has been imposed in Dimapur town from 3pm Sunday till 12 midnight to maintain peace.

The preliminary medical report of the woman allegedly raped by Syed Farid Khan, who was lynched, confirmed that she had been raped, Seema said.

Twenty two people have been arrested in connection with the lynching incident. The arrests were made since last evening after going through the mobile video clippings during the incident and interrogation was on, according to Seema.

Khan was arrested for raping the woman in Dimapur on 24 February and remanded in judicial custody in the Dimapur Central Jail the next day.

On 5 March, a mob broke into the jail, dragged him out, stripped him naked, beat him up, pelted him with stones and dragged him behind a motor cycle with a rope tied around his waist for seven kilometres towards the centre of Dimapur town when he died from his injuries along the way. The mob then hung his body at a clock tower.

Khan was buried at his native village in Karimganj district of Assam amidst tight security on Sunday.

Internet, SMS services blocked

The Nagland government has imposed a 48-hour Internet blackout in the state beginning Saturday night after videos related to the lynching incident.

The government order blocking Internet for the period was published in the local newspapers on Sunday. The government has also instructed mobile service providers to block SMS/MMS services too, the newspapers said.

Videos related to the lynching have being doing the rounds and the measure has been taken as a precautionary exercise, the government order said.

Meanwhile, prohibitory orders imposed in Dimapur town for the last two days were relaxed in the morning to enable people to attend church services. Prohibitory orders would be in force from 3pm till midnight, a police officer said.

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