MANIPUR KILLINGS AND MEDIA APATHY
AIUDF Chief Ajmal seeks justice from HM
By W.M.Afzal Khan
The state of lawlessness and intolerance which our country is going through is growing each passing day and the poison of communalism is penetrating so deep that its effects are manifested in every sphere of life in the whole country.
In North Eastern states of India particularly in Assam and Manipur, communalism is spreading its tentacles across the region ranging from cities and towns.
Three Manipuri Muslim boys were brutally beaten up at Mayang Imphal Yangbi Garden in the first week of April.
The shocking incident took place when the boys were returning from the school. Two of them have died and one was luckily saved but seriously injured. All are students.
After these two gruesome incidents Manipuri Muslims are feeling insecure.
Media ignored it and rights group didn’t condemn the incident which took place on 25th March. It seems the communal forced have emboldened by the non-action of the government.
Mainstream media generally ignore the problems of NE so the culprits roam free in most of the cases.
Six Muslim boys brutally beaten with deadly weapons in Manipur
After the attack on madrasa students in the national capital, another incident of brutal assault on Muslim boys now reported from Manipur who were shifted to a hospital in Guwahati in critical condition. This incident happened in April this year. However, it is wondering that the state government-led by Congress did not initiate any action against the culprits till date.
According to reports, on March 25, 2016 at around 7:30 pm in the evening, Sanasam Thoi Singh, Mamang Leikai, Sorokhaibam Romen Singh, S.Modhu Singh, Gunamani Singh (Thang saba) along with others have brutally beaten up six Muslim boys with deadly weapons while they were going to see ‘ Thabal Chong ba’ (Holi). One of the boys Shazad Aalam, who escaped from the scene, informed his brother Farid khan about the attack in which Md. Altaf Hussain, Iqbal Hussain, Shoib Akhter, Shazad Aalam, Thani Alam and Farid khan were injured. They are students of class IX in Slopland public school, Khongjom and in Five Star English School.
When Farid along with Thani tried to save their three accomplices, they were also attacked by the culprits who wanted to set them on fire. Some people including a member of Zilla Parisad tried to reach the spot but the culprits stopped them by gun shots. Later, the pradhan of Iramsiphai reported the Wangoi police and they rescued the boys. Yet, the culprits have not been booked so far. The culprits alleged that the boys have stolen a bike. However, the said bike belonged to Farid Khan. The police seized the bike from them and kept in their custody. Three of the victims are being treating in Rahman hospital in Assam.
One of the affected students stated that local MLAs from both the communities as well as the Chief Minister did not utter a single word on the incident and initiate any action against the culprits.
A Popular Front leader urged the Manipur Government to take punitive action against those persons who were involved in brutal assault on the students and check the growing communal violence in the state. It also demanded that the government should provide adequate compensation to the injured students who are now undergoing treatment at Rahman Hospital, Guwahati in Assam.
In recent years Manipur witnessed rise in communal incidents on a large scale and it is one of the reasons for Muslim youths being pushed into communal activities.
People are not aware amongst the media blackout that rampant killings of Muslims have taken place in Manipur in the last few months. In an open letter to the Home minister, Rajnath Singh, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, MP and President of the AIUDF in Assam, Mr Sirajuddin Ajmal, MP and Mr Radheshyam Biswas, MP have written about the several incidents of violence that have taken place in Manipur and have urged him to take action to provide justice to the victims.