'N-E men face harassment in B'lore'

Representatives of Mizo Association and Sikkim met Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Monday to highlight the harassment being faced by a large number of people from the North-East, who have opted to remain in the City.

Speaking to Deccan Herald after the meeting, Lalrinpuii, the President of the Bangalore Mizo Association expressed confidence in the City, but said it is hard to reassure anxious parents of their safety.

“A few students have decided to stay on in Bangalore. However, some have been victimised,” she said and narrated an incident at Neelasandra where three Nepali men walking on the road late in the afternoon, had met two men with glass bottles and spades.
“The two men were joined by two others.

One Nepali was wounded by a spade, which left a deep cut above his knee,” she said, and added that the injured man was hospitalised.

In another incident, a North-Easterner was assaulted at Wilson Garden by a group of people. The man’s phone was stolen and when the victim’s brother attempted to call him, the thugs allegedly warned him to leave the City.

Lalrinpuii added that rowdies had taken advantage of the crisis to commit crimes. She also said that the 24x7 emergency helpline set to aid North-Eastern students has been of little help as most police personnel are unable to communicate in English.

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