Manipuri Student Assaulted in Pune, Again

While a day ago, whole India celebrated bronze medal by Manipuri boxer Mary Kom, today another Manipuri young boy of 17 years old, Premananda Khomdram, got beaten by 30 unidentified boys for no apparent reasons but for being ‘Chink’, as per reports.

Khomdram, 17, was on his way to college to check on his pre-exam subject listing, when he was approached by a youth. “Ap Assam se ho?”(Are you from Assam?) the youth asked. “I told him no,” recalled Khomdram.

But before he could get beyond that he was slapped on his head. Then another youth came along shouting, “Sab chinki log ko nahi chhodna,” (Don’t let any ‘chinki’ person go.) The next thing he knew was a rain of blows.

“They punched and kicked me on the road. My pleas that I was from Manipur fell on deaf years,” he narrated. Khomdram had been summoned to the college by to check on the subject list put up, by his friend. He was about to call this friend on reaching the college, when he was assaulted. The punches and kicks went on for 15 minutes before he could get away.

Working at a shoe shop on Fergusson College Road, Khomdram goes to college rather sporadically. He stays in a rented apartment at Hadapsar. His parents are farmers based in West Imphal in Manipur.

A group of five students, all members of Manipur Students’ Union, met city police commissioner Gulabrao Pol and discussed the issue with him. “He has assured us that right action will be taken against the culprits,” said union president Alam M K.

This is not a one off incident. As other North East students complain of harassment on Pune roads. “Whenever I am riding my bike, I get pulled by cops for no apparent reason.

They look at me suspiciously and ask all sorts of questions. As a bike rider, I am disgusted by the way we are treated,” says Rock Lungleng, a student at ILS Law College, who is also the ex-president of the Naga Students’ Union.”

For complete report, click here.

It is very sad to note that students from North East India get assaulted, racial abuse in many Indian cities just because of their looks.


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