Assam leader writes to HM Amit Shah to express concern over NE people being targeted
GUWAHATI | MARCH 24, 2020:
The leader of the opposition in the Assam legislative assembly, Debabrata Saikia, on Monday wrote to union Home Minister Amit Shah, expressing concern over the targeting of people from the Northeast following the coronavirus outbreak.
The Congress leader, in his letter to Shah, said he was bringing to his notice the fact that at a time when the country is struggling to cope with the threat posed by the coronavirus, certain racist elements in some parts of India were abusing and vilifying people with Mongoloid features who hail from the northeastern states.
"I have already received information about several such incidents, where persons from the Northeast have been abused as 'chinkis', 'bat-eating tribe', etc," Saikia said.
He said that at a shopping mall in Pune, a middle-aged woman abused a young girl from the Northeast, ostensibly because she suspected the victim of being a Chinese national and therefore responsible for spreading the coronavirus.