Naga Security Guard found dead in Karnataka. Suspected case of Coronavirus hate crime against Northeast Indians?

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As the coronavirus outbreak induces panic across India, northeastern people have become targets for racial discrimination and slurs, with several such incidents coming to light and some stories are very disheartening to discover.

At the same time, false reports and rumours about a deceased security guard from Nagaland, who passed away in Humnabad, Karnataka have been doing the rounds on social media of late, creating fear and panic among the Northeastern community residing outside the region.

Khatovi Sumi, a native of Doyapur village under Dimapur district in Nagaland, was found dead on 24 March around 6:30 pm, at a chemical factory where he worked as security guard.

According to a statement of Sumi Student’s Union Bangalore, the deceased was suffering from a severe illness for a couple of months now. Based on the reports of Police observations on CCTV footage, his colleagues and manager. He fell down himself suddenly while on duty. No physical body injury was found except blood running cold through his nose and mouth.

He was then rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. After post-mortem, he was buried in a small cemetery in the city of Humnabad, about 700 km from Bengaluru.

Due to nationwide coronavirus lockdown, his mortal remains could not be transported back to his native village in Nagaland. He is survived by his wife.

The disturbing images of the deceased can be still seen on a Facebook page (Warning: The photos may show violent or graphic content).

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