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Members of a mob raise their hands to take photos of a man accused of rape after he was lynched and hung in the city landmark Clock Tower in Dimapur, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland (AP Photo/Imojen I Jamir)

Members of a mob raise their hands to take photos of a man accused of rape after he was lynched and hung in the city landmark Clock Tower in Dimapur, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland (AP Photo/Imojen I Jamir)

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Members of a mob raise their hands to take photos of a man accused of rape after he was lynched and hung in the city landmark Clock Tower in Dimapur, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland (AP Photo/Imojen I Jamir)

Several thousand people stormed a prison in northeastern India, where they dragged away a man accused of rape and then lynched him, police said yesterday.

The mob overpowered security at Dimapur Central Prison in Nagaland and seized the rape suspect, whom they also accused of being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh.

They pelted him with stones and beat him to death, said police Constable Sunep Aier.

Anger

The man had been arrested on suspicion of raping a local woman on February 24.

In recent years, India has seen an outpouring of anger against sexual violence that is pervasive across the country.

However, the killing was also likely to have been linked to tensions in Nagaland over an influx of migrants from Bangladesh.

Dimapur, which is the largest city in Nagaland, is 1,660km east of New Delhi.

Several local groups accuse the migrants of taking away their land and jobs and have been protesting in recent weeks about the rising numbers of new arrivals in the region.

Irish Independent