There is no denial in the fact that people from North East India are treated in a brutal way, which is very disheartening. Unfortunately, now they are also becoming the victims of abuse in the name of coronavirus, considering the fact that Indians from other parts of the country see them as people of China and not India.
Recently, according to the Bangalore Mirror, a man from Nagaland was beaten, robbed and abused for the way he looked in Bangalore. The incident happened on Saturday near the KR Puram Railway station when Kewetshute Losou was cycling back home from work in the evening.
Losou declared that he was confronted by two men who initially demanded his mobile phone and when he refused they attacked him took around Rs 300 from his pocket and told him “you Nepalis are spreading coronavirus and you should go back”.
32-year-old who came to Bengaluru some four years and was working as a security guard was left shake by the incident. “I do not want anyone like me to go through a similar experience so I decided to make a video of myself explaining the incident to all the North East people and ask them to be alert and not to step out during the night,” he told Bangalore Mirror.
This is the second such incident in the same area in less than a month.
In May Rohith Thapa, a native of Darjeeling and owns a Chinese food outlet in Bengaluru went through a similar experience when he was travelling on a bike with his friend. A stranger requested them for a lift, which they did. After he has dropped off the man then asked them for a mobile phone to make a call.
An unsuspecting Rohith handed over his phone to the stranger who made a phone call and kept it back to his pocket. When Rohith asked the stranger to return his phone, he started abusing them and was soon joined by four more men who accused them of being Chinese and spreading Coronavirus.
The gang then took the two men to an isolated spot where they also snatched Rohith’s wallet which had around Rs 7,000 before fleeing. The due was attacked with knives for resisting the robbery attempt.