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The Dimapur Lynching

The 5 March public lynching of Syed Sarif Uddin Khan, an Assamese Muslim charged with rape in Dimapur, Nagaland has drawn attention to the simmering tensions in this commercial centre situated on the border of Nagaland and Assam. Accused falsely of being an illegal Bangladesh immigrant, Khan was one of thousands of Bengali-speaking Muslims who have lived in Dimapur for decades. What mainstream India has failed to understand are the many complex and layered tensions that are at work in Dimapur that exploded in the 5 March lynching.
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