That uneasy feeling again: Student from N-E thrashed by strangers who demanded his mobile

That uneasy feeling again: Student from N-E thrashed by strangers who demanded his mobile

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-04-14 21:21 Bengaluru: Four years after panic triggered by rumours forced an exodus of people from North East who had made Bengaluru their home, the disturbing signs are still there. In a fresh incident in the city, a student from a north-eastern state student was beaten for not lending his cellphone to a stranger.Digbijoy Loukrakpam, 20, of Imphal, who is a journalism student in a private college in Bengaluru was allegedly attacked by two youth in the Ashwini Layout at Ejipura on Wednesday evening.It can be recalled that way back in August 2012, over 15,000 people from North-East left for their home states when a hate message was spread through triggered through SMS and social websites triggered panic.Two years later, Michael Lamjathang Haokip, an engineering student, was attacked by two people when he could not speak with them in Kannada. Many such incidents have not come to light, because the victims are too scared.Digbijoy, who was out for a walk at night at 9 pm near Ashwini Layout, Ejipura, was beaten up by two strangers who demanded his cellphone.“Two strangers accosted me and asked for my mobile. I said that I did not have it on me. They asked for my wallet and I refused to give it. They punched me on my mouth and ran away when I started screaming, fearing getting caught. They were tall and dark and spoke to me in Hindi. I was scared and rushed to home. I was bleeding and since it was late, I could not even go to doctor.”Digbijoy said that although there were two or three people pasersby, they did not come and stop two youths from hitting him.“My friends took me to a doctor in the morning. The injuries on my mouth required stitches. It was painful and now I am not able to eat anything. I am also asked to consult doctor after two days if the pain does not reduce,” he said.Rahul Oinam, a friend of the victim, said he had to field calls from Digbijoy’s parents as the victim could not even speak.“They were so worried for him that they decided to book the tickets for his return to Imphal, but we have convinced them to let him stay as his final exams are scheduled next month.”“Our state is small and we come here for higher education and in search of jobs. We want people in the city to treat us like their family. This will pave way for better friendship between Karnataka and north eastern states,” said Digbijoy.Vivek Nagar Police station Inspector Balachandra Nayak said a complaint was registered in his police station.Speaking to Bfirst.in, Sandeep Patil, DCP Central, said: “We will investigate and check the nearby CCTV cameras and find out who the attackers were.”Rini Ratle, President North East Solidarity, said there were many such cases of attacks, but many did not come forward to file a police complaint as they are scared of police.“We urge the State government and also the police to treat us equal like everyone as this will bring awareness among the localites,” Rini said.