Pengmayung Raikhan was allegedly stabbed and thrown out of an auto rickshaw in Mumbai on Sunday Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: Pengmayung Raikhan, the 25-year-old youth hailing from Manipur’s Ukhrul district who was allegedly stabbed and robbed in Mumbai on Sunday, is still battling for his life, as per his family members.

Speaking with EastMojo, Raikhan’s family expressed dissatisfaction with the response of the doctors and staff of Vedant Hospital, where he was initially admitted, and hence decided to shift him to Jupiter Hospital, located in Mumbai itself. “They were not open to the questions and gave vague replies to the queries of multiple scans that we did,” said Alum Wungsek, Raikhan’s cousin.

It’s been about five days since the incident took place and has already cost the family Rs 2 lakh. The doctors at Jupiter Hospital said that Raikhan needs to be in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for another five to six days.

Pengmayung Raikhan being transferred to a different hospital for further examination

“Although he is stable now, the doctors fear that it’s a touch and go at the moment,” said Wungsek. The amount of fluid that is being drained from his system is increasing and has even seeped into the heart making the family seek out a cardiologist. This adds to the fear that there is a high risk of infection as multiple instruments are plugged into him to drain out the fluids from his system.

“The incident occurred on a busy and long stretch of the road, so it’s extremely unprecedented that not a single CCTV footage was found by the police officers investigating the case,” said Wungsek.

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She added that initially Raikhan was seated on one side of the auto-rickshaw and the two men who attacked him got down near Noble Hospital for a quick washroom break. After emerging out from the hospital, the two accused asked him to switch his seat to the middle. “It was then that the two men started attacking him with blows and punches. When Raikhan screamed for police’s help, the men stabbed him and pushed him out of the auto rickshaw,” said the bereaved sister.

Pengmayung Raikhan in happier times

Upon gaining consciousness, Wungsek asked the victim if he could make out anything what the perpetrators said. To this, he replied that they were speaking in a local dialect and he wasn’t able to decipher their words.

Wungsek is no stranger to racial slurs and comments. “Mumbai and the area that we reside in [Thane] is comparatively decent but back when I used to stay in Delhi, for seven years to be exact, the racial discrimination was apparent,” she said. She further added that every now and then in Mumbai, her children still face racial comments in their schools and school buses. Being a place where the population of Northeastern people is relatively low, the family doubts that even this incident might be the result of a hate crime.

In times of distress, even the smallest prayer can be an immense boost for the family members. Such is the case for the family members of Raikhan. Members of Tangkhul Welfare Society, Naga Christian Fellowship, Tangkhul Baptist Church and even Living Word Church Mumbai, came together to provide aid to the family.

Be it in the form of monetary aid or even in the form of prayers, people banded together to help out Raikhun and his family members. “A stranger who after seeing the news in various media outlets even provided us [with] some much needed monetary aid,” added Wungsek.

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