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Stop harassment of NE people, Centre tells states

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, March 23 - Following complaints of harassment of people of North East after outbreak of coronavirus-19, the Centre has issued advisories to all States to take appropriate action in cases of harassment when they are reported.

The advisory said that it has come to the notice of the Ministry of Home Affairs that the people of the North East are facing harassment after the occurrence of COVID-19 in the country. There have been cases where the people of North East including the athletes and sports persons have been harassed by linking them to COVID-19. This is racially discriminatory, inconvenient and painful to them.

All law enforcing agencies in the States may be sensitised to take appropriate action in cases of such harassments, the advisory said.

Reports of harassment of people have been pouring in, with the latest incident being reported from the national capital. A Manipuri girl was spat on by a man on a scooter who fled after hurling abuse in Delhi�s Vijay Nagar area. The middle aged man shouted �corona� and spat on her before fleeing from the scene.

Several incidents have been reported about people from the North East being asked to vacate their rented apartments and rooms by their landlord in the name of coronavirus. The issue was raised in Parliament when Arunachal Pradesh Lok Sabha MP Tapir Gam made a Zero Hour mention.

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