A 32-year-old Manipuri man was allegedly assaulted brutally by the management staff of Hotel Empire, Jayanagar, Bengaluru. S Paukhanmung, an employee of the hotel, was smoking on the terrace of the restaurant on the night of August 27. The operations manager of the hotel, Loknath, who spotted him smoking, asked him to pay a fine of Rs 100.
The assault took place when Paukhanmung was on his way to his room which was provided by the restaurant. ‘Paukhanmung was ready to go back to his accommodation when the hotel operations manager slapped him. Another waiter joined the manager in beating him up, after which they sent him back to his room,’ said Yambem Arun Meetei, General Secretary of the Manipuri Meitei Association Bangalore (MMAB) and a member of the Manipuri diaspora.
According to the police complaint filed at the Jayanagar Police station, due to that day’s beating, he was unable to attend work the next day, and when he went to the hotel to have his dinner, he was beaten again by 10-15 men led by operations manager Loknath and branch manager Sameer.
The complaint also states that the hotel staff threatened the other Manipuri boys working in the hotel from informing anyone about what had happened. ‘The hotel staff had confiscated Paukhanmung’s phone and refused to let him call anyone. Some of the boys from our community somehow got away and informed us about what happened, ’said Arun.
Source- The News Minute