Muslim man lynched on suspicion of vehicle theft

An MBA student is lynched in Manipur's Imphal on suspicion of vehicle theft. A mob of 13 people attacked Md Farooq Khan and the mob also destroyed a car in which Farooque and two others were traveling. A joint action committee (JAC) formed by residents of Lilong Haoreibi in connection with the incident claimed that Farooque was innocent and an MBA student. He had left home to meet a friend, it said on Friday. The JAC convened a public meeting on Saturday to discuss the future course of action in connection with the lynching. The Manipur Police on Sunday said four officers have been suspended after a purported video showed armed police personnel present at the spot when a group of people lynched a man on suspicion of vehicle theft, reported The Indian Express. Another video of the incident shows that minutes before he died, Khan, had asked for water. The group of men standing around him had refused and only said: “You have come all the way to steal so why are you asking for water?”. According to Makakmayum Baadshah, Khan was a “young, budding” entrepreneur. “Other than running a restaurant, Khan had another business in manufacturing, in which he produced packed fried-meat items. To upgrade this venture, he had got a loan amount sanctioned also through a government scheme. Had he been alive today, Farooque would have got the loan amount and progressed with his business venture,” he said. “He always smiled and was a fun-loving person. He had returned to Manipur in 2016 after his MBA and started off on his entrepreneurial plans.”

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Market
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Market perpetrator Religion Unknown
perpetrator Organizational Other Was cross FIR filed 0
Details of the FIR

IPC sections 302 (murder), 117 (abetting commission of offence by public or by more than 10 people) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).

Investigating agency State police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Need confirmation Current status
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State Human Rights Commission also took up the case suo motu in connection with the incident.

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Date of incident: September 13, 2018
Nature of Violence
  • Murder/Lynch
  • Causal factors
  • Other
  • Name of the victim : Farooque Khan
    Name of Perpetrator 13 unknown
    State Manipur
    District/City Imphal West
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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