NEW DELHI, Sept 22 � The Home Ministry today ordered a probe into allegation that employees of the Northeast origin at an Ahmedabad hotel were asked to stay away during Chinese President Xi Jinping�s recent visit to the city.
Sources said the ministry has asked the Intelligence Bureau to find out the veracity of the order and, if so, who had issued it and why. There were also reports that the Northeast origin employees at a mall in Ahmedabad were asked not to come for duty on the day Xi visited the Gujarat capital last week.
The IB has been asked to send its findings by tomorrow after probing the allegations of both the incidents. The sources said that the Home Ministry ordered the probe taking serious objection to the allegations.
Last week, taking umbrage at the reports, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had said, �It is an insult to the Northeast. They doubted us as if we are not patriots. Are we not citizens of India? This is not good for the region.�
Meanwhile, the Arunachal Students� Union Delhi (ASUD) has also condemned the alleged �racial segregation� meted out to people from the Northeast during the Chinese President�s visit.
Keeping away employees from the Northeast from hotels in Ahmedabad, where the Chinese Premier stayed, to �prevent any anti-China protest in respect to Tibet� is a great humiliation to the people of the region, the organization said in a statement.
�Are the Northeasterners not Indians? Why do we have to prove our identity as Indians again and again?... It is very disheartening when such discrimination and segregation comes from the top level,� it said. � PTI