A youth from Manipur was allegedly racially abused and beaten up in the Sant Nagar area of Burari Saturday evening, leaving him with serious injuries. Police have arrested two persons, who reportedly first spat at the civil services aspirant from Northeast and then beat him unconscious.
Police also arrested another person for passing racial slurs at the friends of the injured youth when they were returning early Sunday from the police station after submitting a complaint.
Brilliant Horam was admitted to a hospital on Saturday evening after the three men assaulted him.
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Horam said, “I live in a rented flat in Sant Nagar’s Bengali Colony. On Saturday evening around 6 pm, I went out to buy stationery from a local shop. While I was returning home, one of three men chewing paan nearby spit out. Most of the spittle hit my shoes and trousers. When I objected, asking them to be careful, they began calling me names.” Horam said an argument ensued and suddenly one of the men punched him in the face. “Soon, the three men started punching me till a sharp blow to my head sent me down. I fainted and when I regained consciousness, I found myself in the hospital,” he said.
Horam said police told him locals had found him bleeding and taken him to hospital.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma said police have registered a case under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the IPC and arrested Vinod and Imesh. The third accused is yet unidentified and the police are yet to trace him, Verma said.
The second related case of targetted racial name-calling was reported by Horam’s friends when they were returning home in Sant Nagar area around 4.30 am. Two persons allegedly called out to them and hurled racial slurs.
The men from the Northeast objected, after which a few others riding motorbikes caught up with them and hurled abuses at at the Manipuri men. Police have registered a case and arrested one person in connection with the incident.
“They called us names and asked us why they should not address us so? We then made a call to police, who took one of the men, Chintu Sharma, to the police station where he was arrested. We have demanded strict action against the accused,” John Zimik, president of the Tangkhul Students Union, said. Police confirmed the arrest of Chintu Sharma.
Zimik and Horam and most of their friends hail from Ukhrul district of Manipur. Their parents work as farmers there. They are pursuing their higher education from various universities and taking competitive examinations based in Delhi.