Thousands of furious Indians swarmed the streets to publicly – and violently – kill a man who was suspected of being a rapist.

The pictures have emerged after they broke into a prison, kidnapped the man, stripped him naked and mercilessly beat him to death in front of a frenzied crowd.

A 25-year-old believed to be part of the mob was injured when police opened fire and he later died in hospital.

Taking justice into their own hands, the angry crowd was a terrifying portrayal of the country’s increasingly aggressive stance against sexual violence.

It overpowered security at the Central Jail in the city of Dimapur and grabbed the man who apparently raped a female student multiple times last month.

According to local media reports, he died while being dragged four miles through the streets as people beat and pelted him with stones.

He has been identified as a 35-year-old used car trader, according to The Indian Express.

The man allegedly raped a student from a local women’s college on February 24, and he was arrested a day later.

‘A mass protest rally against the rape was held at Dimapur this morning after which students and angry people forced into the district jail and managed to pull out the accused,’ the Press Trust of India news agency said.

It has been reported the crowd tore down two gates before dragging him to the town’s clock tower.

It’s said they also set fire to homes and shops in an area where the suspect ran his business.

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