T Michael Lamjathang Haokip, president of the Thadou (Manipuri tribe) Students' Association sustained injuries on his head when he was pelted with stones in Bangalore for not speaking in Kannada. Two other members Ngamkholen Haokip, 28, and Rocky Kipgen, 25 were also attacked but escaped with minor injuries.
In Gurgaon, seven locals held the Nagaland duo captive in Sikanderpur area and beat them up with cricket bats and hockey sticks on Wednesday night. 25-year-old Awang and Chester, both call-center employees, were residents of Sikanderpur for the past 2 years. Allegedly, the attackers told them, "If you guys from Manipur and Nagaland come and stay here, we will kill you".
Attacking people from north east part of the country isn't new in Indian metro cities. In February this year, Nido Taniam, a teenage student from Arunachal Pradesh, succumbed to his injuries after he was beaten by shopkeepers of Lajpat Nagar market in the national capital.
The Twitter community reacted shockingly to the two incidents. While some argued that the Bangalore incident shouldn't be regarded as 'racist attack', many Twitterati condemned the attacks, saying India was becoming more and more racist when it comes to accepting people from North East.
See the Twitter reactions here:
Bangalore and Delhi's racist attack against Manipuris continues, and we have John Abraham who endorses fairness cream heading NE United!— Richard (@Ridchard) October 16, 2014
North east boys beaten,hospitalised by mainland Indians at Bangalore , Guargoun,racist attack ! How long we will bear such discrimination ?— N Biren (@tangsana) October 16, 2014
More than being a racist attack on NE folks, this is a manifestation of valorisation of regional/linguistic identity. Could be anybody. +— Tedhi Lakeer (@TedhiLakeer) October 15, 2014
So now a racial attack in Gurgaon. Will Modi speak the same line he stated for Delhi last year?— mukesh mittal (@hallagullaboy) October 16, 2014
Are the people 4m the NE only part of India during sporting events? Serious questions raised after Manipuri youth attacked in Bangalore.— Kalpajit Gogoi (@kalpajitgogoi2) October 16, 2014
Police and int guys not paying enough attention to these attacks on NE people in Delhi and Bangalore— Samrat X (@MrSamratX) October 16, 2014
@Bengalur_Huduga There is not much trouble, People from NE in Bangalore are normally happy to live there.— Pulakesh Upadhyaya (@pulki_bushu) October 15, 2014