Manipur: Md. Farooque Khan, an MBA student from Lilong Haoreibi, Thoubal district, was lynched on suspicion of vehicle theft on Thursday by the local residents. The 26-year-old man was attacked by a mob at Tharoijam who also destroyed his car in which Khan and two others were travelling.
Five people have been arrested so far, including a personnel of India Reserve Battalion (IRB). The accused have been booked under IPC sections 302 (murder), 117 (abetting commission of an offense by public or by more than 10 people) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).

According to a report by The Indian Express, Imphal’s West Superintendent of Police, Jogeschandra Haobijam said, “Thirteen people were involved in the lynching of the youth and all of them have been identified. We have arrested five people and the rest will be nabbed soon.”

He also mentioned that it is yet not clear if it was Khan’s vehicle, and the two people with him in the car who managed to flee the scene, have also been identified.

The joint action committee (JAC) formed by the residents of Lilong Haoreibi in connection with this incident, claimed that Khan was innocent and had left home to meet a friend.
While the committee supported Khan, the residents of Tharoijamon held a protest at the Patsoi police station demanding the release of the five people arrested. Some Police personnel got injured because the petitioners were throwing stones at them. They finally had to fire tear gas to take control of the situation.

In the videos circulating on the internet, it can be seen that Farooque asked for water and the locals standing around him said, “You have come all the way to steal so why are you asking for water?” Mohammad Mujibur Rehman, a relative of Khan, dishearted by inhumanity said, “This was the kind of barbarism shown by the killers. One of the videos show Farooque asking for water in a whisper and this is what his attackers told him.”

Manipur DIG Jayanta Singh urged the people to not take law in their hands and asked them to stay patient because the police will not bow down in front of them.
“The duty of the police is to enforce the law and maintain order. The culprits were arrested for their involvement in attacking the youths. It is up to the court to decide whether the arrested persons are guilty or not,” Singh said.

The Manipur Human Rights Commission has further directed the Manipur DGP to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.

This incident again focuses on the fact that how some people take matters into their hands because they are misinformed. It is important for us to see what we’re into, before taking an action and not to forget that it should definitely not cost someone their life.
In the past, mob lynchings in India have been in news because of fake rumours on the social media of child abduction because of which innocent people had to give away their lives.

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