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Rajnath Singh calls up Karnataka CM; talks about attack on NE youth

Three students from the northeast were allegedly beaten up in a Bangalore locality for not speaking Kannada.

By: Press Trust of India | Manesar | Updated: October 16, 2014 6:53 pm
The Home Minister also made it clear that he was not averse to talks and took a veiled dig at separatist conglomerate Hurriyat Conference. (Agencies) No one can discriminate against anyone on the basis of caste, creed and sect, he told reporters.

In the wake of attack on three Northeast youth in Bangalore, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday called up Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and asked him to ensure that there is no discrimination against anyone on the basis of caste, creed and sect.

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During the telephonic conversation with Siddaramaiah, the Home Minister raised the issue of assault on the three Northeast students in Bangalore on Tuesday night.

“The Karnataka Chief Minister informed me that the police responded quickly and arrested all those who were involved in attacking the Northeast students.

“There should be no discrimination against anyone in our country on the basis of caste, creed or sect,” he said.

The students were allegedly beaten up in a Bangalore locality for not speaking Kannada.

Michael, one of the victims, who received injuries on his forehead and hands, said that the attack took place at an eatery where he had gone with two others. The trio were at a table, discussing an event they were planning to hold when three locals came up to them.

“They said you are eating Karnataka food. You are living in Karnataka. You have to speak in Kannada. Why don’t you speak in Kannada. Or else, get lost from this state. They later attacked and I had to defend and thus I received injuries,” said Michael.

The three accused have already been arrested.

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  1. B
    Oct 16, 2014 at 11:45 am
    There is a saying in Hindi "baat ka batangad". For what was a drunken brawl in Bengaluru, why this big hue and cry? Media always wants to find an invented grief among vulnerable groups. Karnataka in general, and Bengaluru in particular are not hostile to North-east.