The coronavirus pandemic has prompted racist attacks on the people of India’s north-eastern states – known as the seven sisters – who are often targeted by other Indians because of their ‘Chinese”- like features and suspected of being carriers of the disease.
The government of India’s Arunachal Pradesh has filed a case against a YouTuber, alleging that he made racially-charged remarks targeting a Congress legislator.
In his video, Paras Singh, who runs a channel named “Paras Official” said Congress MLA Ninong Ering is a “non-Indian” and apparently claimed the “state was part of China”.
Arunachal Pradesh shares a 1,126-kilometre strategic border with China. This region was at the centre of the Indo-China war of 1962 and much recently in 2017 when a military border standoff took place between the Indian Armed Forces and the People’s Liberation Army of China over the Chinese construction of a road in the disputed territory of Doklam. China has never recognised Arunachal Pradesh and considers it part of Tibet.
As per the DGP RP Upadhyaya, a case has been registered against Paras for racial hatred and he is being investigated by the cyber crime branch of the state capital Itanagar.
The police will soon leave for Punjab to arrest the YouTuber, he added.
Paras, who runs a channel with over 400,000 subscribers, made the comments while reacting to a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Ering, where he had asked Modi to ban the…