Hang the guilty: CM at Nido protest

We have to come together to ensure that the guilty are hanged, to ensure that the strictest punishment is given to them, said Arvind Kejriwal.

Published:February 5, 2014 1:08 am
kejriwal-main We have to come together to ensure that the guilty are hanged, to ensure that the strictest punishment is given to them, said Arvind Kejriwal.

Four days after protests over the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Taniam erupted in the capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday joined protesters at Jantar Mantar and said the guilty in the case should “be hanged or given the strictest punishment”.

Addressing the gathering, Kejriwal said, “We have to come together to ensure that the guilty are hanged, to ensure that the strictest punishment is given to them.”

Accompanied by Education Minister Manish Sisodia, Kejriwal announced a few measures that the Delhi government planned to take in light of the incident — inclusion of chapters on Northeast in school textbooks and formation of a committee to look into cases of racial discrimination.

“Why don’t you form a team? We will notify that committee on behalf of the Delhi government. You give us suggestions, we will implement them,” Kejriwal said.

As a step to sensitise people on issues of racial discrimination, Sisodia said, “From the next session, schools books in Delhi will carry chapters on the history and culture of northeastern states. They will not be restricted to facts and figures.”

Taking a dig at politicians who had visited the protest venue — Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had joined the protest on Monday — Kejriwal said, “A lot of politicians have come here and promised to do things. But this is not enough. Justice has to be delivered in this case. If it does not happen this time, it will never happen. I have never considered myself as chief minister. I am a common man. We need to work together. We will do, whatever we can do to fight such discrimination,” Kejriwal said.

The Delhi CM also apologised for the delay in joining the protesters. “I apologise for coming here on the fourth day. I came to know about the protest through media reports. The FIR in the case was registered two days late. We were not approached by any of you. It was after hearing the news on TV that we ordered a magisterial inquiry into the case.”

Stating that questions had been raised about the relevance of the magisterial inquiry when a police inquiry was under way, the CM said, “The Delhi Police is not an independent party in this case. The magisterial inquiry will be over in 3-4 weeks. If police were the only people conducting an inquiry, the case would have been swept under the carpet. I am happy that the High Court has taken a suo motu cognisance of the case.”

Taking a dig at the CM for the delay in joining the protest, Binalakshmi Nepram, Founder, Manipuri Women Gun Survivors Network, said, “We are glad that the chief minister is here but you came three days late.”

On the announcements made by Kejriwal, Nepram said, “These are assurances. We are not buying them on face value. We are clear about our step ahead. This is not a one-day show. We will continue our protests till the guilty are punished, not just in Nido’s case but in a series of other such cases. We will push our demands. Day after tomorrow, we will march from Jantar Mantar to Parliament, demanding an anti-racial law. The issue of rising xenophobia in the country needs to be addressed urgently. We are fed up of being treated as second-class citizens.”

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    Raju Gupta
    Feb 4, 2014 at 8:49 pm
    AK has no work..it's only task is finding opportunity where he can sit for DHARNA that's all..
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      Raju Gupta
      Feb 4, 2014 at 8:49 pm
      AK has no work..it's only task is finding opportunity where he can sit for DHARNA that's all..
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        Raju Gupta
        Feb 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm
        This Guy AK doesn't miss any opportunity to grab votes...look his statement“Why don’t you form a team? We will notify that committee on behalf of the Delhi government. You give us suggestions, we will implement them,” Kejriwal said."...Playing with people's emotions for his votes only
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          Raju Gupta
          Feb 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm
          This Guy AK doesn't miss any opportunity to grab votes...look his statement“Why don’t you form a team? We will notify that committee on behalf of the Delhi government. You give us suggestions, we will implement them,” Kejriwal said."...Playing with people's emotions for his votes only
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            Ankit raj
            Feb 5, 2014 at 10:34 am
            AK govt. nothing do but allegate to others, they dont try to better vision against such types of issue.
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              Ankit raj
              Feb 5, 2014 at 10:34 am
              AK govt. nothing do but allegate to others, they dont try to better vision against such types of issue.
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                Ankit raj
                Feb 5, 2014 at 8:23 am
                I hope this incident lear a lesson to us & it will not repeat.
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                  Ankit raj
                  Feb 5, 2014 at 8:23 am
                  I hope this incident lear a lesson to us & it will not repeat.
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                    Ankit raj
                    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:06 am
                    Shame on delhi govt. AAP party govt. greedy for publicity, they cann't certify themselves who not take their responsibilty.
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                      Ankit raj
                      Feb 5, 2014 at 10:06 am
                      Shame on delhi govt. AAP party govt. greedy for publicity, they cann't certify themselves who not take their responsibilty.
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                        Anant, Hong
                        Feb 5, 2014 at 8:40 am
                        The fact that no one has bothered to raise their voice against this inhuman and dastardly act in these columns speaks volumes about some of the sick & pseudo socio-political commentators who jump at every opportunity to play cheap politics through these columns. It's a shame that most Indian citizens know so precious little about our fellow countrymen from the North-East states, and harbour downright racist atudes towards them. The contributions made to our nation by the people from the North-East are no less than any other part of the country. It is time we rise above our frog-in-the-well atudes and learn a bit more about people from different parts of the country, especially the North-East, and treat them at par with the rest of Indians.Also people from the North-East need to realise that Congress and the other shallow regional political outfits have only milked the North-Eastern states form years without any development whatsoever. The Common People - the Aam Aurats and Aadmees of the NE need to wake up, come together, throw out the age-old political dispensations, and bring in some much needed change to the political framework in the NE states. Start your own chapter and join the people's movement to change politics of this country.
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                          Anant, Hong
                          Feb 5, 2014 at 8:40 am
                          The fact that no one has bothered to raise their voice against this inhuman and dastardly act in these columns speaks volumes about some of the sick & pseudo socio-political commentators who jump at every opportunity to play cheap politics through these columns. It's a shame that most Indian citizens know so precious little about our fellow countrymen from the North-East states, and harbour downright racist atudes towards them. The contributions made to our nation by the people from the North-East are no less than any other part of the country. It is time we rise above our frog-in-the-well atudes and learn a bit more about people from different parts of the country, especially the North-East, and treat them at par with the rest of Indians.Also people from the North-East need to realise that Congress and the other shallow regional political outfits have only milked the North-Eastern states form years without any development whatsoever. The Common People - the Aam Aurats and Aadmees of the NE need to wake up, come together, throw out the age-old political dispensations, and bring in some much needed change to the political framework in the NE states. Start your own chapter and join the people's movement to change politics of this country.
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                            Bharatiyq
                            Feb 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm
                            I support the CM of Delhi.
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                              vipin gurjar
                              Feb 5, 2014 at 10:18 am
                              Nobady can expect such types of issue. this must apologize.
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                                vipin gurjar
                                Feb 5, 2014 at 8:12 am
                                We all r guilty about this shamfull incident.
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                                  vipin gurjar
                                  Feb 5, 2014 at 8:12 am
                                  We all r guilty about this shamfull incident.
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                                    vipin gurjar
                                    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:46 am
                                    We must feel guilty for this incidents,
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                                      vipin gurjar
                                      Feb 5, 2014 at 9:46 am
                                      We must feel guilty for this incidents,
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