Although not yet being confirmed as a case of racial abuse, three youngsters from Manipur were brutally beaten up in Delhi by their neighbour informed police sources.
The reason behind the assault on the youths was that one of them apparently "spitted" near the house of the neighbour.
The incident was reported from south Delhi's Munirka on Tuesday (May 7) afternoon where Ronny, 25, Seijan Guite, 23, and Samson, 25, were thrashed by their neighbour Adarsh Kumar, his son Ashish and some others.
Ronny told police that he had accidentally swallowed a mosquito and immediately spat it out. "When Adarsh saw it, he assumed that Rony had deliberately spat and started thrashing him and his friends along with 7-10 other locals," police said, citing Ronny.
"I and my friend Seijong Guite, who also lives in the same building, were standing next to our house when a mosquito went into my mouth. When I tried to spit it, Adarsh, who is the owner of the building next to mine, saw me doing so and asked me why I was spitting on the road. I tried to explain to him what exactly had happened but he would not listen to me and kept shouting," said Ronny.
Ronny said since he is not well versed with Hindi, he found it difficult to explain himself. "A little later, Adarsh and one of his accomplices returned with wooden sticks and started beating me up. They were soon joined by a few others and all of them assaulted me till I started bleeding," he said.
According to the victims, the accused thrashed them with wooden sticks and iron rods.
The three youth were taken to Safdarjung Hospital for a medical test. Doctors said that they all have received minor injuries. However, Seijan said a doctor told him that his eardrum was busted and he needs to undergo minor operation after some days . A case has been against Adarsh and others at the Vasant Vihar police station.