Headmaster Dies After Being Lynched for Stealing Cow in Manipur

A madrasa headmaster clobbered to death for allegedly stealing a cow in Manipur. 

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Md Hasmat Ali alias Babu, 55, was thrashed to death by a mob near a village in Manipur’s Imphal East district early Monday morning. Villagers allegedly spotted him with a calf that went missing from one Khumallambam Brojen’s shed. Ali’s body was taken to the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in state capital Imphal for autopsy while the calf is being kept at the local Irilbung police station, reports the Hindustan Times (HT).

Ali, a kind-hearted and honest teacher, was killed after being accused of a crime he could not have committed. The police know who his assailants are but are not taking action. We will not take his body from JNIMS for burial until justice is done.

Md Rajauddin, Convenor, Joint Action Committee against Ali’s killing to HT

A Muslim organisation has refused to bury Ali’s body, putting the Congress-led Manipur government in a fix.

The organisation has also sought the centre’s intervention in what it calls a Dadri-style killing, besides calling for a state-wide shutdown on Thursday. 

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