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Kohima: Amid reports of racial profiling and discrimination faced by the Northeast people living in cities due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Nagaland chief secretary Temjen Toy took to Twitter appealing Nagas to report any kind of racial discrimination and harassment.

The chief secretary tweeted: “Any Naga facing any kind of racial discrimination/harassment in other States may please send me an email at giving details. They can also contact my team by phone at 03702291120 or 03702291122 or 1070.”

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio also took to Twitter to condemn racist attacks on Northeast Indians. Rio wrote, “I condemn the racist attacks against the Northeast Indians in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. COVID2019 is a world public security problem. The virus has no borders neither its cure will have. Let’s work together with compassion, understanding and love to turn the tide on it”.

As reported by EastMojo earlier, the Nagaland Police have set up a control room at its headquarters in Kohima to monitor and respond to any report of racial profiling, racial discrimination or any COVID-19 related matters.

With the spread of the deadly COVID-19, racial profiling continues to be a concern for the Northeast Indians living in cities outside of the region due to the oriental features. However, a heartwarming episode of Gujarat Police coming to the timely rescue of a group of girls from the region, gives hope that Indians will battle the deadly virus together and not among themselves.

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