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'Justice For Loitam Richard', a social media campaign seeking justice for a student from Manipur, who died on April 17 after allegedly beaten up by two of his hostel mates in Bangalore, has gone viral with over 1 lakh people joining the campaign.


Loitam Richard, 19, from Manipur was found dead on his hostel bed under suspicious circumstances on the afternoon of April 18. He was an Architecture Engineering first year student of the Acharya NRV School of Architecture, Bangalore.

With the police not making any arrest in spite of the preliminary postmortem report showing multiple injuries on the body of the deceased, including head, scalp and other body parts, relatives, friends and well-wishers around the country, especially people from Northeast started a campaign on Facebook seeking justice. 1.4 lakh people have joined the 'Justice For Loitam Richard' campaign at the time of filing this story.



Angry over the police not taking any action on the case even after 12 days since the incident happened, people from Manipur and Northeastern states are organizing massive nation-wide rally on Sunday. Rally will be organized in Bangalore, Delhi, Imphal, Guwahati, Pune, Hyderabad and other Indian cities to demand justice for Loitam Richard.

There were various contradicting reports over the death of Richard. While the police described the death as a result of a minor accident he had met with on April 16, some indicated that he got into a brawl with his seniors for a remote control while watching an Indian Premiere League (IPL) match on TV and they assaulted him that led to his death. There were also media reports that he died of drug overdose.

According to the report filed by the college hostel warden S Sudhakar with the Madanayakanahalli police, Loitam Richard was treated at Sapthagiri Hospital on April 16 after he had met with an accident. He reportedly quarrelled with his hostel mate Vishal Banerjee on the night of April 17 over changing TV channel while watching an IPL match. Another hostel mate Sayed Afzal Ali intervened and beat him up. He was found dead on his bed on the next day.



Read more at: SAUCE.

There's an online petition out. You can sign here: Bring Justice for Richard

1) Cricket is srs bzns in India. Ugh.
2) The drug overdose smear campaign is a case of chronic racist stereotyping. It's true that a lot of North Eastern Indians use drugs, which does not mean that errrrybody from there is a drug addict/user.
3) My first post here. Mods, I'm not sure I used all the tags I could have D: A bit nervous that I must have screwed a few things up. 


bord_du_rasoir 29th-Apr-2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
For those unfamiliar, 1 lakh people = 100,000 people.
tabaqui 29th-Apr-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Seems like they know an *awful* lot about how he died. And that his roommates should be in custody and being questioned.
jhestia85 29th-Apr-2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
They should be, not sure why they haven't been so far. Someone from the college is saying that they have been sent home by the college to avoid being questioned.
tabaqui 29th-Apr-2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is LOW. And disgusting.
ladypolitik 29th-Apr-2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
I dont understand -- what's with the seeming cover-up? Does it all simply boil down to racial bigotry in the region?

Jesus Christ @ the police not even questioning/investigating the last people to have see him alive.
jhestia85 29th-Apr-2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
The investigation process has been a mess so far. The local media is not helping by posting several versions of how he died/who witnessed it. It's not certain why the roommates aren't even questioned, and someone from inside the college is saying that they have been sent home by the college.

The part about drug abuse is simply a pathetic campaign to cast doubts on his character. North-eastern people in India have to undergo this every time they're the victim of some crime. Girls who were raped in Delhi in the past few years have been blamed for dressing provocatively or being out (because the north-eastern people wear shorts and camisoles in public -snort-)

/tldr
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