The COVID-19 pandemic may have caused the rates of emissions to drop indirectly but it also has intensified bigotry and prejudice in the region.
More Megastore (Jhansi Lakshmi Bai Lane, Chamundipuram, Mysuru) workers on March 28 denied entry to two Nagaland engineering graduates, as they were “not Indians,” reports The Hindu. We can be seen in the video saying,
“We are Indians, we need groceries like you. We are human beings like you guys. You don’t accept it? We live here, we have an Aadhaar Card. How can you discriminate (against) us?
Meanwhile in Karnataka, Naga migrants from Northeast India not allowed to buy food. Shameful. Racism in India is an everyday affair. pic.twitter.com/MPt0Eip4gi— Dolly Kikon (@DollyKikon) March 29, 2020
Students from the North-East who went to a super market were denied entry in Mysuru
This is the effect of using racist de-humanising terms like 'Chinese Virus'
Citizens from NE will face further discrimination. Strict action should be taken to stop this.pic.twitter.com/1KEgnA7dJS— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) March 29, 2020
The two young men from Nagaland are students of engineering at a college in Mysuru. One of them said the staff at the store told them they were not Indians and the incident has affected him psychologically. “I should say I am not okay. I am psychologically affected,” he said.
“My friend and I went to buy groceries around 6.10pm on Saturday. We waited in queue for about 25 minutes. We followed social distancing. But when our turn came to go in, we were stopped. The staff told us that we are not Indians and that they don’t allow foreigners. We tried to explain to them that we are from the northeast. We even showed them our Aadhaar cards. But they did not allow us to enter,” said the student who did not wish to be named.
Citizens denounced the humiliating event and demanded that the authorities take stern measures against the suspects.
City Police Commissioner Chandragupta claimed that a FIR had been lodged after the video went viral on social media, according to Deccan Herald.
The Times of India further stated that cops arrested the 26-year-old store manager Avinash and three employees (Manjunath, 32, Naveen, 30, and Revanna, 30) for fostering enmity between various classes on grounds of religion, gender, place of birth, etc., unfair detention, public nuisance and disobedience to order properly promulgated by a public servant after reviewing CCTV footage.