We were attacked without provocation, says Manipur man assaulted in Kalina
The group from Manipur says they barely have resources to bail out their friendsUpdated: May 02, 2016 01:06 IST
Ningrin Zimik, the man from Manipur who was assaulted in Kalina along with a woman friend on Saturday, said the attack on them was without provocation.
A day after the incident, he told HT that they were in Kalina to attend the a friend’s birthday dinner. “We were waiting for an auto rickshaw around 1.30am near a church in Kalina, when four men passed nasty comments at us for no reason,” said Zimik.
“Hey Nepali, where are you going — they said. I told them we are not Nepalis, from Manipur. To this, they told us why we have come to Mumbai and what business do we have here. This sparked an argument,” he said, adding, “I didn’t even touch them. They grabbed me by my neck and when my friend tried to stop them, they slapped her. I then asked her to get our friends.”
Zimik said when the woman was on her way to get their friends, the men followed her. “Luckily, my friends had come out of the home and saw them stalking her. When she narrated the ordeal, there was a fight. I went home after matters settled. My friend stayed on with the other friends,” he said.
Sochon Kaping, 20, who was among the people who were present at home with the woman, said, “Soon the men knocked on our door. After we opened it, they dragged the woman down the stairs and assaulted our men.”
Zimik added, “I thought the fight had ended. I was shocked to receive a phone call around 5am to learn that my friends, including the woman friend, had been arrested.”
Kaping said, “Law says people can be imprisoned for calling us Nepalis. Besides, how can they touch a woman? My friends have been arrested for no reason. Also, there were four men, but police took down the names of only three.”
“I’ve been called Nepali several times. We make about Rs10,000 to Rs13,000 a month. The court has asked to deposit Rs36,000 for bailing the three of them. How will we arrange for the money? We are made to suffer for no reason. Our entire month’s salary will go in meeting the legal expenses,” said Zimik.