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Indian mob overruns prison, drags away and lynches man accused of rape

  • In this Thursday, March 5, 2015 photo, members of a mob raise their hands to take photos of a man, top center, accused of rape after he was lynched and hung in the city landmark Clock Tower in Dimapur, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland. Several thousand people overpowered security at Dimapur Central Prison in Nagaland on Thursday, 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. (AP Photo/Imojen I Jamir)

    In this Thursday, March 5, 2015 photo, members of a mob raise their hands to take photos of a man, top center, accused of rape after he was lynched and hung in the city landmark Clock Tower in Dimapur, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland. Several thousand people overpowered security at Dimapur Central Prison in Nagaland on Thursday, 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. (AP Photo/Imojen I Jamir)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, March 5, 2015 photo, a member of a mob holds a rope to pull a man accused of rape after he was lynched to hang him in the city landmark Clock Tower in Dimapur, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland. Several thousand people overpowered security at Dimapur Central Prison in Nagaland on Thursday, 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. (AP Photo/Imojen I Jamir)

    In this Thursday, March 5, 2015 photo, a member of a mob holds a rope to pull a man accused of rape after he was lynched to hang him in the city landmark Clock Tower in Dimapur, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland. Several thousand people overpowered security at Dimapur Central Prison in Nagaland on Thursday, 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. (AP Photo/Imojen I Jamir)  (The Associated Press)

Police say a mob overran a prison in northeastern India, dragged away and lynched a man accused of rape.

Police Constable Sunep Aier says the mob overpowered security at Dimapur Central Prison in Nagaland on Thursday. The crowd then seized the rape suspect whom they also accused of being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh and killed him.

In recent years, India has seen an outpouring of anger against sexual violence that is pervasive across the country. But Thursday's killing was also likely linked to tensions in Nagaland over an influx of migrants from Bangladesh.

Several local groups blame the migrants for taking away their land and jobs and have been protesting in recent weeks.