Thousands watch as mob tries to lynch ‘north Indian’

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  1. SpArK

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    Thousands watch as mob tries to lynch ‘north Indian’


    Feb 27, 2012



    CHENNAI: In a shocking case of xenophobic hysteria and police ineptitude just days after the gunning down of five suspected bank robbers from Bihar and West Bengal, a mob in Pallikaranai on Sunday attempted to lynch a man because they thought he was a 'burglar from north India'.

    After a group of residents of Balaji Nagar, a slum in Pallikaranai near Velachery, beat Venkat Rao till he lost consciousness, the police let off his assailants and took the victim to Pallikaranai police station. Officers took Rao's fingerprints and let him go when they concluded that he appeared to be mentally challenged.

    Rao, who appeared to be in his twenties, was later identified as a native of Andhra Pradesh. When residents of Balaji Nagar saw him, he was walking through the locality barechested and wearing only a pair of trousers.


    When the residents suspected that he was a burglar and started following him, Rao panicked and attempted to run away. He ran into a marsh where around 15 men overpowered him. "People were shouting 'north Indian' and 'thief ' as they thrashed him. It was a horrible sight," said an eyewitness. :tsk::tsk:

    Nearly 1,000 people, including slum-dwellers and passersby, stood and watched the youth being thrashed. No one stepped forward to stop the attack. Policemen passing by stopped their vehicle but drove away despite noticing the melee in the marsh.

    "They were kicking and punching him and he was bleeding. After a few minutes, he lost consciousness," a witness said.

    Police later returned to the spot and took him away.

    "Everything happened in 20 minutes. Many people were cheering and laughing and egging on the mob," he said.


    The mob then dragged Rao to the main road, but the police came by again and this time took him away in a van.

    A resident of Balaji Nagar told TOI that the youth appeared suspicious. "People from the neighbourhood thought he was planning to commit a theft."

    The police confirmed the attack. "After the encounter with the bank robbers, people think that all Biharis are burglars. They mistook this man to be from north India and attacked him. He could not even speak properly. We gave him some tea and biscuits and let him go after taking his fingerprints," said an officer from the Pallikaranai police station.

    The police admitted that they did not take any action against the men who beat up Venkat Rao. "Everything happened because of misunderstanding," the officer said.

    Thousands watch as mob tries to lynch ‘north Indian’ - The Times of India
     
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  3. Iamanidiot

    Iamanidiot Elite Member Elite Member

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    I won' believe it nobody trashes others unless they have solid evidence to back it u.Tamilians aren't stupid.Let more news about this incident come out
     
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    Nothing shocking, even if he was actually a burglar.

    When a thief is caught, irrespective of his origin he is thrashed before the police is called. Since this happened to be an urban/semi-urban the thrashing seems to be less. If it had been villages, they would have tied him to the tree and thrashed him.

    BTW before anybody pounces, there are lakhs of north indians working all over TN and not one of them who is living an honest life has been touched/beaten up till now.
     
  5. Daredevil

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    Another sensational headline from ToI-Let.
     
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    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

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    BTW could not help but chuckle at the headline.

    "Thousands watch" when in reality it might not have been more than couple hundreds considering the space restrictions in a typical 'slum'...:lol:

    And two more North Indians reading this somewhere would have started hating the Tamils...:lol:
     
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    If mob catches a thief anywhere in India, he is given a sound thrashing- nothing new about it.
     
  8. Bangalorean

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    Good point about the sensational number.

    ToI and some other media outlets need to be taught a good lesson. That proposal for a press ombudsman is long overdue. :tsk:
     
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    looks like the marathi disease of bhaiya-giri is spreading every where :troll:

    Anyways he is not an North indian and he was from Andhra it seems. Also he was mentally chanllenged.
     
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    Serious lack of law and order letting the assailants go.
     
  11. Singh

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    Once you experience "robbers from Bihar and West Bengal" you feel like thrashing everyone.
     
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    Rabble rousing by TOI, could have happened anywhere in India. The first reaction by Indian public is to thrash a thief or pickpocket if caught.
     
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    Sensational headline :tsk:
     
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    Labourers face brunt of anti-north Indian sentiment in Chennai

    CHENNAI: A day after a mentally ill person was assaulted by Pallikaranai residents who thought he was a 'north Indian burglar', migrant workers in the city say they have always feared for their safety.

    "We never go out alone because locals call us names. We don't know Tamil, but we understand we are being abused. We remain silent as we are far from home,'' says a 28-year-old migrant worker from Odisha.

    Even if they are in groups, they say police question them as they look different. The recent robberies have increased mistrust. Nirman Mazdoor Panchayat, an organisation working with construction labourers, says there are three lakh migrant workers in Chennai. Close to 60% are employed on construction sites along the IT corridor between Madhya Kailash and Tiruporur.

    In the past decade, there has been an influx of people, including software professionals and banking executives, from north India, and there have been instances of friction between locals and newcomers.

    Madhumita Dutta, member of the NGO Campaign for Justice and Peace, says the recent police move to profile north Indians has added to the problem. After the Perungudi bank robbery, police did door-to-door verification in nearby Burma colony. "They asked how many north Indians were there and checked documents,'' says Dutta. "It was done so blatantly that small differences got heightened, adding to the perception that north Indians cannot be trusted,'' she says.

    Poverty and unemployment pushes many from Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal to migrate to Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai where infrastructure projects are on. Nirman Mazdoor Panchayat data says most workers between the ages of 18 and 40 stay in shanties close to the sites as they don't know Tamil and don't want to get into trouble with locals.

    "Even if we complain, the police treat us as suspects. We remain silent because if there is trouble with locals, we might lose our jobs,'' says a worker from Bihar.

    Dutta says police need to be discreet while doing checks. "Migrant workers are insecure as they don't know the language,'' she says. "By treating them as outsiders, there will be more distrust.''

    This was not the case when Ramesh Lamba of Punjab Association of Chennai moved here after the Partition. "There was no hatred, just cultural differences. It got sorted out easily as the main differences related to food,'' says Lamba. Being north Indian became a problem during the anti-Hindi agitation in the 1960s, but that soon disappeared.

    Recently, many from other states have been involved in break-ins. "These cases add to the perception that north Indians from a particular class are untrustworthy. This could lead to more tensions if locals are feeling resentful about losing jobs to them,'' says Vikram G, an IT professional from Uttar Pradesh, who has been in Chennai for 10 years.

    Vikram likes it here but has learnt to mind his own business. "If get into trouble on the road, I know the crowd will gang up against me even if it is not my fault,'' he says. All because he can't speak fluent Tamil. "It is frustrating when nobody is willing to listen to your side of the story. But you learn to live with it,'' he says.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/PDATOI/articleshow/12063594.cms
     
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    They can bitch as much as they want but at the end of day the police is working for the safety of Tamil Nadu and TN population.Migrant labour is a pain in the arse to deal with Yusuf .For example in Vizag the local police inspector regularly sends police constables to enquire about the contract labour working in my industry.This has become so serious that the locals even refuse to rent a house to this class finally i got them quarters to live in my own industry.The upside is Iam getting a steady stream of workers who are amenable to my demands.

    TOIlet is playing with fire here. Tamizh&Gults are going to think the last of Political Correctness when then are under the impression migrants are endangering them.This has been long in the pipeline and the blame lies on the respective state governements of Bihar,UP and Bengal
     
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    ToI with its usual gimmicks eh? Boy now i understand why they call it toilet paper.
     
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    Tamilnadu has the least Xenophobia in all of India. Anyone without bias will accept that
     
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    I will agree.... Maharashtra and Assam are far more insane than any other state. Went to Chennai about 3-4 years ago. Had a good time there. The only amusing part was that people mistook me for a foreign tourist, which was initially annoying but understandable. :D

    But most of these attacks are really organized by fcuking politicians. So if something like this happens, I blame the local regionalist politician. Lynch the scum and see there will be no attack.
     
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    P.S : why i am not surprised .....ohh yeah, because it's TOI :toilet:
     

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