Nagas face racial jibes in Bihar
Kohima, May 23 (EMN): In yet another incident of discrimination and racial profiling, 12 Nagaland citizens travelling in a private bus to the state from Madhya Pradesh were reportedly hurled with racial slur and called “corona” upon reaching Bihar on Saturday.
When contacted, Mhathung Ezung, an employee working in a wildlife lodge at Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh, informed Eastern Mirror that people called them “corona” while they were having meal by the roadside in Bihar.
“When we stopped the bus to have meal at the roadside, two guys passed by and stared at us and said ‘corona corona’ and walked away,” shared Ezung.
He said that they simply ignored the jibes and didn’t say a word “as we really wanted to reach Dimapur as early as possible”.
In another incident on the way, the passengers were denied the use of washrooms at petrol pumps, while a ‘pandit yelled at one of the female passengers’ in Bihar.
“Again we were denied the use of washrooms in two separate petrol pumps where the ladies were even yelled at by an elderly man who was actually a pandit. But we ignored and continued our journey,” narrated Ezung.
The returnees are travelling to Dimapur from Madhya Pradesh on a tempo traveller. It is expected to reach Dimapur on Sunday morning. It was informed that two drivers are ferrying the passengers.