Northeastern students demand justice over killing, meet Kejriwal

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 01, 2014 14:02 hrs

New Delhi: Students from the northeastern states, demanding justice over Nido Tania's killing, called off their protest Saturday after the Delhi Police assured them of speedy investigations.

A delegation of students union also met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The protest was held at the Lajpat Nagar market in south Delhi where Nido Tania, 19, was mercilessly beaten up by two shopkeepers Wednesday afternoon following a row over his appearance and clothing. He died at a hospital Thursday.

Students from Arunachal Pradesh had threatened that they would hold an indefinite protest.

"The Delhi Police have accepted our demands and assured that investigation will be speeded up so we have called off our protest. We are also meeting Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the matter," said J.T. Tagam, former president of Arunachal Pradesh students union.

Scores of protestors held placards, raised slogans against discrimination and demanded justice. Nido Tania was the son of Arunachal Pradesh Congress legislator Nido Pavitra.

"It is a shocking incident and it is not the first time. It is not just about people from northeast, people from outside always face discrimination here," said a protestor.

Another protestor said that they "want Delhi chief minister (Arvind Kejriwal) to deliver justice to us".

A group of people from the northeastern states also met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Harsh Vardhan.

"I hope prime minister (Manmohan Singh), home minister (Sushilkumar Shinde) and chief minister (Kejriwal) will rise to the occasion," the BJP leader said.

Activists and people from the northeast termed it a "racial attack" while the region's parliamentarians said they would take up the matter with the prime minister.

Lok Sabha MP and Sikkim Democratic Front spokesperson P.D. Rai Saturday condemned the incident, saying the state's people were "horrified" on knowing about Tania's death and its causes as it played out on TV and social media.

"We wholeheartedly condemn this kind of racist slur and violence that happened in the middle of a major market in New Delhi," Rai said in a statement.

"We observe with concern that this kind of situation happens in Delhi every now and then," it said.

The statement added that the Northeast MPs Forum will be meeting Kejriwal, urging him to take action against the culprits.

"We would like that this kind of situation does not ever arise for any northeastern student or person."

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