Mumbai: Amid coronavirus outbreak, Mulund society calls North-East man 'Chinese', denies entry

Mumbai: Amid coronavirus outbreak, Mulund society calls North-East man 'Chinese', denies entry

For the last three months, while he's in the city, he has been staying in Shree Sainath Housing Society at Mulund (East).

Pratip AcharyaUpdated: Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 07:37 AM IST
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Mumbai: A Mumbai housing society has denied entry to two North-easterners, one of them a senior citizen, alleging that they hail from China. Seventy-four-year-old Rinzin Dorjee, has been travelling to Mumbai frequently for his cancer treatment.

For the last three months, while he's in the city, he has been staying in Shree Sainath Housing Society at Mulund (East). However, on Monday, the security guard did not allow him and his daughter to enter the society alleging that they might be infected with the virus.

Dorjee had a scheduled appointment at the Tata Memorial Hospital for chemotherapy. “We were denied entry into the society. The watchman said that we cannot get in as we were from China and might be infected by the dreaded virus,” said Tsering Yangzom, his daughter.

“In January, we stayed in the same society for a month. But this time, we were not allowed,” added Yangzom.

She also claimed that despite showing valid documents the society denied entry.

“We have a flat on the seventh floor which we let to those who cannot afford a hotel during their stay in the city. Despite having valid documents, he was not allowed to enter the building this time,” said Anil Hebbar, owner of the flat. Meanwhile social activists have filed a complaint of discrimination.

“The police has allowed Dorjee to stay. Once he is able to move, we may shift him to the society again,” said Khan.

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