In another incident, an Assamese gentleman had mentioned that he was from Shillong (capital of Meghalaya) while checking in with his family at a hotel in Chennai (then Madras) sometime in mid eighties. It was late in the evening when he was called back by the police from the hotel lobby for questioning. Later on, it came to light that the police was informed by the hotel receptionist who mistook Shillong for Ceylon. That was the period when anyone from Sri Lanka (erstwhile Ceylon) was a suspect LTTE rebel and report had been lodged to the police authorities as per their standing instructions to all hotels. The gentleman from Shillong had a lot of explaining to do to clear the air.

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