Accused rapist dragged from prison and killed by Indian mob.
The man was accused of raping a female student multiple times – but had yet to stand trial.
He had reportedly been held at the Dimapur Central Prison in Nagaland since 24 February.
The Hindustan Times newspaper said the crowd “tore down two gates and took custody”.
The suspect was then dragged to Dimapur’s clock tower, where he was stripped, beaten and pelted with stones.
Photographs show the apparently gleeful mob capturing the incident on their phones.
They had reportedly marched four miles to the prison as part of a protest against the high rate of sexual violence in the country.
“The situation is very tense,” said Superintendent Meren Jamir. “We are trying our very best to restore order.”
The suspect, reportedly a 35-year-old car dealer, was also accused of being an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh.
The Indian government recently sparked outrage by banning a British-made documentary about the gang-rape of a student in 2012.
Officials even asked YouTube to block access to the film – but more than 100,000 people have managed to watch it online.