They demanded that we speak Kannada, and attacked us, says Manipuri student
news Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 05:30
Anisha Sheth | The News Minute | October 15, 2014 | 11.06 am IST (Last updated at 3.12 pm IST) Three Manipuri students were pelted with stones, assaulted, and even chased on Tuesday night in Bangalore by unknown miscreants who demanded that they speak Kannada. The three students Michael Haokip, Rocky Kipgen, and Ngamkholen Haokip have filed a complaint with the Kothanur police station. While Rocky and Ngamkholen sustained minor injuries, Michael has sustained head injuries that required five stitches to the forehead, besides swelling on the back of the head and shoulder bruising. Michael, an engineering student who has been studying in Bangalore for three years, told The News Minute that he and his friends had gone to the police station to obtain permission for a cultural programme they were organizing on November 1, the day some communities in Manipur observe Chavang Kut, a harvest festival. He said that he was the president of the Thadau Students Association Bangalore, while Rocky and Ngamkholen were joint secretaries. He said they needed to get permission for use of the grounds, loudspeakers and other things from the police. Originally from Churchandpur district in Manipur, Michael said that they had gone to the police station around 8.30 pm on Tuesday and on the way back, they stopped by a fast food joint on the road near the Byrathi cross to discuss somethings. Soon, three people who also came to the same eatery began to heckle them. â€śThey said that we were eating Kannada food, and so we should know how to speak Kannada. We tried to ignore them, and replied in Hindi. They told us not to speak Hindi.â€ť Michael said that the assailants threw stones at the three of them and he had â€śdefendedâ€ť the other two and was hurt more than the others. He said that they too retaliated â€śin kindâ€ť. After that he left his friends at the eatery to go to the police station which was a kilometre away. On the way, he met a friend of his who was on a bike and the two went together.Â â€śOn the way, they had called their friends and someone came on a bike. They attacked me again. The bike got into an accident and I too fell,â€ť he said, adding that he somehow managed to get to the station to lodge a complaint.Â Police have arrested three people for the assault. On Wednesday, Michael told CNN-IBN: "I wouldn't call all the people here racist, but three of them are definitely racist." Also read:Â Manipuri student attacked in Bangalore, told 'speak in Kannada, this is not China'