Two students from Manipur denied entry into supermarket, 3 held

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IMPHAL | APRIL 09, 2020:

In what appears to be a case of racism, two students hailing from Manipur were allegedly denied entry into a supermarket in Hyderabad after which the two private security guards, along with the store manager, were taken into custody for not letting the two inside.

The incident took place at the Star Supermarket in Vanasthalipuram area, which falls under Rachakonda Police limits. Despite showing their Aadhaar card, the duo were denied entry inside the supermarket to purchase groceries on April 8.

A video posted on Twitter shows two men being stopped at the entrance of a supermarket by security guards. On being asked the reason, the guards in turn ask the men to 'not argue' and talk to the manager instead.

"What surprises me is that the other bystanders did nothing to help them out. This is appalling by any standards. Racism still has a place in our society even in the midst of this pandemic. Sadly, we are fighting two pandemics (#COVID-19 and Racism)," tweeted Jonah, a friend of the two men. The tweet received a response from Union Minister Kiran Rijju asking for more details.

A case has been lodged against the two security guards and the manager under Sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 153A (offence of promoting disharmony) and section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

An FIR has been lodged and all three men have been taken into custody. Further investigation is underway.