NEW DELHI, March 9 � The Congress Party today moved an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha demanding a discussion on the Dimapur incident, while the AIUDF demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Congress MPs Gaurav Gogoi and Sushmita Dev moved an adjournment motion, which was disallowed by the Speaker, who allowed the issue to be raised during the Zero Hour.
Gaurav Gogoi narrated the incident of March 5, in which Syed Farid Khan was dragged out of the Central Jail in Dimapur and beaten to death by a mob of about 5,000 people. Farid had been sent to judicial custody after being arrested by the Nagaland Police, but instead of the law being allowed to take its own course, he was dragged out of the jail, stripped naked, and beaten to death when the state and Central police forces were present.
Till date there has been no clarity or an official statement from the Nagaland Government if Khan was actually guilty of rape. Therefore, his brutal torture and subsequent murder without being proven guilty in a court of law, is highly condemnable, Gogoi said.
In a democratic society, people are discouraged from taking the law into their own hands. The Dimapur incident has put a question mark on the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies. The Central Reserve Police Force is responsible for safety of jails in Nagaland, and they had failed to prevent the Central Jail from being ransacked and a prisoner being forced out. It was a largely orchestrated attack. There was mobilisation of around 5,000 people. Why was there no intelligence input that such a large-scale orchestrated attack was going to take place in Dimapur? Despite the presence of the Army in the state, it took several hours to dispel the mob, MP Gogoi alleged.
Joining Gogoi, Sushmita Dev said the Dimapur incident was a threat to the entire country�s justice system. The deceased was a citizen of India. There are 80 lakh Bengali-speaking people in Assam and social profiling of Bengali-speaking Muslims as illegal immigrants must stop, she said.
Participating in the Zero Hour discussion, Radheshyam Biswas of the AIUDF said no one had the right to take law and order into his hands. �Similarly, we demand action against the girl if she is proven wrong, for destroying the life and dignity of a person and his family for her own benefit. We also demand the immediate removal of the Nagaland Government and imposition of Governor�s Rule as the incident is enough to prove lawlessness and a non-governmental situation. We also demand a CBI inquiry into the incident and tough action against those involved in the incident. Appropriate compensation should be given to the family of the deceased and surety of the safety and security of the people of Assam living in Nagaland,� he said.
Ramen Deka of BJP, while describing the Dimapur incident as very unfortunate, said that justice should be done to the deceased. But, he added that there is a tendency in the North-east for some communities to come together when some incident takes place. So, it is the duty of the state government to ensure that mob culture is resisted by the police force.