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20-year-old Northeastern student thrashed; allegedly forced to lick boots
In a shocking incident of racial discrimination, a 20-year-old Northeastern student, Higio Gungtey, was allegedly thrashed by his landlord who also forced him to lick his shoes for wasting water.

Gungtey is from Arunachal Pradesh and is a second-year BA student at Bengaluru's Christ College.

Forum for Northeast Solidarity has lodged a police complaint after it received information about the incident. The landlord who has been identified as Hemanth Kumar has been arrested by the police but has been released on bail.

Gungtey's father, Higio Tama, has also filed a fresh complaint against Kumar alleging that Kumar assaulted his son for over 90 minutes and hurled racial abuses. Tama has also alleged that Kumar threw his son's belongings down from the third-floor where he used to live in the rented house.

My son was completely humiliated in addition to his physical pain and tortureā€¦ forceful licking of shoe is against human rights," Tama said in his complaint. Tama has sought action against Kumar under the SC/ST Atrocities Act.

Kumar in his statement has however claimed that the student was illegally staying at his house and that he visited the house following a complaint from other tenants regarding wastage of water.

Initially, the victim did not raise any allegations about being forced to lick shoes or being abused racially. His father has filed a fresh complaint alleging this. We will add them in the FIR and investigate," Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East Division) Dr Boralingaiah.

North-east social activist Bina Laxmi slammed the Karnataka government and stated that it has failed to protect its people.

We have taken this issue to Kiren Rijiju and will get an action on it soon," said Laxmi.

My office is pursuing this case. When we are talking of the safety of Indians abroad such incidents in our own country are very saddening," Rijiju wrote on Twitter.

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