Victim Zimram Kengo, a PhD scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, was found murdered with his throat slit inside his rented room at Kotla Mubarakpur in South Delhi on Wednesday night. He hailed from the Naga-dominated Ukhrul district.
"This is not the first case of racial attacks on people from the northeast reported in mainland India, particularly New Delhi. We condemn such killings," Seth Shatsang, president of the All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) said. "How many bodies should be brought to Manipur from mainland India to wake up the state government?" said Seth Satsang. The culprits should be awarded befitting punishment following the law of the land, he said, while urging the Centre to take stringent measures to ensure such racial attacks on the NE people are stopped at once. "It is time, rather it's too late, for the state government to press the Centre to take steps for curbing such shameful crimes, he added.
In Bangalore, a 22-year old student from Manipur suffered head injuries when he was attacked by three men here on Wednesday night. Samuel, who is admitted to a hospital, said the assailants attacked him as they found his physical features different from them. Samuel, on his way home, was teased by three strangers. Ignoring the men, he moved ahead but they came from behind and attacked him.
Various other civil society groups joined voices to urge the Centre for framing a specific policy to end racial discrimination against NE people in different cities. Wednesday's incident came barely four months after miscreants thrashed to death a 30-year-old Shaloni from Tungjoy village in Manipur's Senapati district.