By Wang Qi,Sina English
A 22-year-old Tibetan student was stabbed into a coma by unidentified miscreants in Mysore, India on Tuesday, which, according to officials of “Tibetan parliament-in-exile”, may be the first time that Tibetan exiles have become targets of terrorist attack.
According to The Times of India, the Tibetan student was walking by a restaurant on Tuesday evening when two young men on motorcycle stabbed him in the chest. He was left in coma and then sent into a local hospital.
While the incident was still under investigation, the police have increased their presence in the Tibetan community in Mysore, said the report.
Indian media speculated that the Tibetan student might be mistaken for a Bodo from the northeastern state of Assam. As religious clashes escalated in Assam, violence has broken out since July between Muslims and the Bodos, an ethnic group indigenous to the region.
Some media reported that Tibetan monks were involved in the attacks towards Muslims in Myanmar and Assam, which might explain this incident.
The attack to Tibetan student stirred widespread panic among local Tibetan people.
There are some 150 Tibetan college students and nurses in Mysore. Some of them have returned to their residence in the countryside of Mysore, and only a few stay in the city to seek protection from the police. A college has announced a one-week break for Tibetan students. And Tibetan communities also notified all the residents to keep vigilant.
According to AFP Thursday, several thousands of people living in the northeastern state started to flee because of words that Muslims would stage new attacks to northeasterners, which Indian government officials pledged to watch closely.