By Malini Manjoly, SCN

In solidarity with the Muslim sisters and brothers for human rights violations in the recent police firing at Forbesganj, Bihar, SCNs Roselyn Karakattu and Manisha Azhakathu participated in a protest march organized by the Muslim community at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Friday.

On June 3, four people were killed including a pregnant woman and a six-month-old infant and over a dozen injured when the police resorted to firing in a land dispute.

The organizers welcomed the SCNs as the representatives from the Christian Community. Sister Roselyn said that we are concerned about the human rights issues.

Along with the Muslim community, members from other communities also participated in the protest. The speakers were journalists, social activists and the ex-vice chancellor of North-East University. They invited the participants and others not to stop with the protest but to stand until a solution is found against such an inhuman act. All condemned the act of the police.

No action has been taken by the Nitish Kumar government even 10 days after the police crackdown on villagers in Forbesganj in Bihar’s Araria district where four people were killed in police firing. 

Amia Khatoon has been mourning the loss of her 16-year-old son Mustaq, who was shot at and lynched by the local police. 

“My son was caught in the clash. He was severely beaten by the police. He was shot in the chest and in the head,” Amia said. 

Three others including a 26-year-old pregnant woman and a seven-year-old boy were killed, all shot in the chest or head, with multiple bullet wounds.

“Police was firing as if it was India-Pakistan border. At that time, we all were trying to escape our lives,” said an eyewitness, Mohammad Mustaq Ansari.

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