Manipuri Boy beaten up for not speaking Kannada in Bangalore

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Bangalore, Oct 15: The IT hub Bangalore witnessed another hate crime against outsiders especially people from north-east region of India, after a boy from Manipur was beaten up by the locals for not speaking Kannada language here.

T Michael Lamjathang Haokip, 26, sustained injuries on his head and back after he was attacked by a group of local people, who demanded him to speak in their regional language Kannada. The incident took place yesterday evening in Kothannur when Michael went to a restaurant with friends for dinner.

Michael claimed that he was approached by a group of Kannadiga youngsters, who were sitting near their table and objected him to speak in English. They forced him to speak in Kannada. When he ignored them, he was hit with stones. The Manipuri student called the act as purely racist. The police later arrested the local youth and booked them for assaulting Michael.

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