Manipur Muslims apex body accuses local daily of fanning communal flames

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All Manipur Muslim Organizations’ Coordinating Committee (AMMOCOC), the apex Muslim organization of Manipur called for an urgent meeting on April 11 at its headquarter in Hatta, Imphal, to demand immediate release of Md Chingiz Khan.

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AMMOCOC has objected the arrest of Phd Scholar at JNU, Md Chingiz Khan, considering it baseless, as one “without any conditions on humanitarian grounds.” The move came after a local Manipur daily published one of Khan’s articles titled ‘The Identity Crisis of Manipuri Muslims’ in its April 7 edition, deliberately giving it a political angle while Khan himself has stayed away from any political affiliation in his meritorious career as a scholar from the State.

AMMOCOC claims that this article had already been posted long before and only to flame communal tensions after the Nizamuddin Markaz incident, the editor, without prior intimation to the author, has republished it. The state Muslim organization supports Khan, simultaneously “questioning the intention of the newspaper to create misconception to the general public at this situation”, adding more problems at a time of a global pandemic.

AMMOCOC firmly believes that the sudden resurfacing of this article is actually “misinterpreted in terms of language, tone and sense so as to create intentionally a misconception among the various communities.” Maintaining that Md Chingiz Khan is a renowned scholar to have published more than 40 papers, and having several national as well as international conferences to his credit, AMMOCOC has appealed the Government of Manipal to look into the matter afresh and immediately release Khan “who is not indulged in any political color in life.”