NEW DELHI— Anguished over occurrence of mob lynching with “disturbing regularity” in the North East and other parts of the country, the North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) has alleged that “incidents of mobocracy and communal clashes are occurring since the BJP has come to power at the centre”. It held the ruling BJP responsible for creating the “atmosphere of hatred and violence” across the country.
On Saturday, scores of members of the group observed a candlelight vigil in Delhi for 26-year-old MBA student Farooq Khan who was lynched by a mob on suspicion of vehicle theft in the Tharoijam village in Imphal, the capital city of Manipur, on Friday.
The mourners were holding placards with various anti-hatred messages printed on them, like “Not To Hate Crime”, “No More Violence” and “Stop Violence Against Muslims.” They also demanded a CBI enquiry into the lynching of Farooq as well as a couple who were lynched by a mob on the suspicion of practising witchcraft in Tinsukia district of Assam.
The protesters also observed one-minute silence at North Campus, Delhi University. The NEFIS also appealed to all communities to maintain solidarity in the present situation of communal rift and harmoniously reconcile their differences through dialogue.
NEFIS alleged that deliberate attempts were made by some vested interests to destroy the social fabric in the region, and this has resulted in communal clashes.
“Such incidents of mobocracy and communal clashes are occurring with a disturbing regularity since the BJP has come to power at the centre. Instead of curbing such incidents, BJP government is fuelling such incidents across the country, to intensify polarization between different communities in the country. Brutal incidents of violence and hatred have claimed lives in different regions of the country from Abohar, Dankaur, Dadri, Muzaffarnagar, Sunperh, Sonipat, Una, Alwar, Kathua, to now, Tinsukia and Imphal West,” the group stated.
BJP Is Communalising North East
“It should be known that the BJP Government which is in power in various states in the North-East is responsible for communalising the atmosphere of the region so much so that even communities co-existing peacefully as neighbours since a long time, have had clashes in recent times,” NEFIS stated.
NEFIS claimed that such communal atmosphere has been created by BJP in order to “conceal the underdevelopment of the North East region”, which “fuels hatred towards other communities and results in brutal confrontations such as the present incidents”.
NEFIS said that minorities in NE states have already been facing discrimination but now “with the rising trend of mob lynching in the country, the tendency to view minorities suspiciously has also increased in the North-East.”
“The government should clamp down on incidents of mob lynching and communal clashes, and seriously deal with vested interests wishing to destroy social fabric of the region,” it demanded.
Manipur Human Rights Commission Issues Notice On Farooq Khan Lynching
On the lynching of Farooq Khan, a suo moto case was taken up by the Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Saturday and directed the Manipur DGP to submit a report by 22nd September.
Khan was a resident of Lilong town in Thoubal district of Manipur.
The BJP-ruled Manipur and Assam have witnessed a spate in lynching in recent months. Two people, a local from Imphal (West) district and an outsider, were brutally assaulted by local residents on suspicion of child-lifting in Kangpokpi district two months ago.
In the last four and half years since BJP came to power in Delhi, dozens of people have been lynched on suspicion of cow slaughter, cow smuggling, beef consumption and child-lifting. Most of these incidents have occurred in BJP-ruled states including Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Assam.