Imphal, April 12
In an urgent meeting held today, at its office chamber at Hatta, Imphal East, AMMOCOC, the apex body of the Muslim Organizations in Manipur strongly condemns the publication of an article in a local newspaper that gears up communal tensions after the Nizamuddin Markaz issue and appeals the Chief Minister of Manipur for immediate release of Md. Md Chingiz Khan, a research scholar at JNU, Delhi without any conditions on humanitarian grounds. Stating that the article published on 7th April 2020 in a local daily is the Manipuri version of a part of his original research work which has already been published in the FORWARD Press on May 22, 2019 under the caption “The Identity Crisis Of Manipuri Muslims”, the apex body claims that the same article has been misinterpreted in terms of language, tone and sense so as to create intentionally a misconception among the various communities. It is maintained that, the article was posted to the editor of the local newspaper long before the outbreak of nCovid19 in Manipur and the recent Nizamuddin Markaz issue. To everyone’s surprise, the article was suddenly published on 7th April 2020 without any intimation to the author for any corrections if any or proof reading (as the article was written originally in English). The local daily published the same article in a different angle leading to the misconceptions of the general public at this situation of the state under the serious nCovid19 issue. Questioning about the intention of the newspaper to publish an article that may create misconception to the general public at this situation, the apex body requests all local newspapers to take the utmost care and precautions before publishing any sort of news items, articles or columns to avoid communal tensions.
Maintaining that Md Chingiz Khan who came out to be a meritorious student with bright career right from his childhood has published more than 40 research papers in his credit, participated at many seminars and conferences in the national and international levels, the apex body appeals the Government of Manipur to look into the matter afresh in view of his future prospects and demands immediate release of the research scholar who is not indulged in any political colour in life.