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Two Muslim youth lynched in Manipur

The communal virus has now travelled to northeast India. After last year’s lynching of a Muslim in Kohima, Manipur too witnessed a lynching of two Muslim youth on 7 April, 2016 when at around 4:30 pm, three Manipuri Muslim youth were brutally beaten up at Mayang Imphal Yangbi Garden. The heinous incident took place after these boys came out of the garden. Two of them died on the spot as a result of the beating while the third escaped with serious injuries. The two murdered youth were identified as Mohammad Sadam, 23, son of Md. Basiruddin (Abo) and  Mohammad Farooque, 22, son of  late Md. Badaruddin of Lilong Kaleikhong. The third youth was Mohammd Zabir,19, son of Abdul Hakim of Lilong Awang Leikai who was critically injured and is now under treatment at a hospital.They all are students.

Mohammad Sadam

This incident happened after the brutal assault on six Manipuri Muslim students on 25 March, 2016 at Iram Siphai.

As a result of these attacks, Manipuri Muslims now have a growing sense of insecurity.

Mohammad Farooque

The CM of Manipur as well as the local MLA failed to utter even a single word on this heinous incident and no action has been initiated against the culprits. This latest incident seems to instil in the Manipuri Muslims a senses of insecurity and alienation. Failure of the media to highlight this crime also adds to the insecurity of the Manipuri Muslims and helps widening the gap between communities. 

Mohammad Zabir

The last 20 years have witnessed unprecedented weightlessness of theManipuri Muslim community. After the May 3, 1993 riot, Manipur Muslims were subjected to deprivation, discrimination and marginalization in the society and polity where the majority community monopolises authority and supremacy. (Afzal Khan)

 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2016 on page no. 13

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