APCC urges states to ensure safety of NE citizens outside

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: Condemning the racial discrimination against the people of the northeastern region in the metros and other states of the country during the time of the nationwide lockdown, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Tuesday appealed to the state governments of the region, including the Arunachal government, to ensure the safety and security of the people from the region who are stranded outside the Northeast.
Accusing the chief ministers of the NE states of “maintaining utter silent and not taking any crucial safety and security measures so far,” the APCC said that since the outbreak of the coronavirus in India and the subsequent 21-day lockdown, people from the Northeast, including students from Arunachal, have become targets of racial discrimination and have been facing countless miseries, including accommodation and transportation problems and food shortage.
Citing the “recent incidents with NE youths in the metropolitan cities,” the APCC said students from the region were asked to vacate their rooms, Naga students were not allowed to enter grocery stores, and a man spat on a woman from Manipur and called her “coronavirus.”
It condemned the central and the state governments for “not protecting its own people from discriminations, torture and racial abuse.”