After attack on Manipuri students, Bangalore police to hold neighbourhood meetings

The three Manipuri students - T Michael Lamjathang Haokip, 26 and his two friends were attacked on Tuesday night by locals.

Written by Santosh Kumar R B | Bangalore | Updated: October 16, 2014 5:30 pm
The students were assaulted by locals demanding that they speak in the local Kannada language at a bar on the Hennur Main Road in North-East Bangalore. Source: Express The students were assaulted by locals demanding that they speak in the local Kannada language at a bar on the Hennur Main Road in North-East Bangalore. Source: Express

Following Tuesday night’s attack on three Manipuri students by locals, the Bangalore city police has decided to hold neighborhood meetings around the city to help foster amicable relationships between locals and people from the northeastern states in India and from Africa.

The move follows an attack on three students from Manipur at a restaurant in east Bangalore by three drunk youths who were demanding that the Manipuri youths must converse in the local Kannada language. A large number of youths from the north east and students from Africa currently reside in Bangalore and are often the target of heckling and teasing by ignorant locals.

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In an effort to prevent people from the north east from being troubled the Bangalore police on Thursday also decided to open rowdy sheets against the three accused of attacking the Manipuri students in a restaurant on Hennur Main Road near Kothanur.

The three Manipuri students – T Michael Lamjathang Haokip, 26 and his two friends were attacked on Tuesday night by locals identified as Arun Kumar, Karunakaran and James, all three of whom work as drivers.

Deputy Commissioners of Police for the East and North-East divisions in Bangalore have been asked to hold neighborhood meetings in their areas, the additional commissioner of police (law and order) Alok Kumar. The neighborhood meetings will be held around the city on Sundays.

The jurisdictional police station inspector will hold such meetings to develop ties between people living in these areas. The meetings will help win the confidence of people to continue to live in Bangalore.

“The neighborhood meetings will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They will be held whenever required,” the police official said.

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    Anuja Tadvi
    Oct 17, 2014 at 9:27 am
    Really shameful Act! Plz protect north east students. They r our brother and sisters. We r Indians first. Plz come forward and condemn this act
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    DA
    Oct 21, 2014 at 1:57 am
    So, three new worthies admitted to the rowdy hall of fame. It doesn't sound right - to merely call them rowdy serves to diminish the gravity of their crime, aka racism and inciting hatred. Their actions serve to foment disaffection amongst our North-eastern brothers, and imperil cohesion between our people. They serve to tear our country apart.My humble suggestion - send these three criminal to a police station in Manipur, so that the cops out there can deal with them. I say this sincerely - they will have a few sympathisers in the former of language chauvinists. I don't think a fair trial is possible in Karnataka.
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    Saurav
    Oct 17, 2014 at 8:38 am
    This is good move by the cops to have neighborhood meetings. Language is just a means to communicate between 2 or more people. Even deaf and dumb can communicate their feelings. I do not understand why people get jingoistic about language. India is a country of immense cultural and lingual riches, we can celebrate all and hate none.
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