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Himachal, Uttarakhand students say they too face racial slurs

North-eastern students meet CM Arvind Kejriwal at his residence on Saturday. (IE photo:Praveen Khanna) North-eastern students meet CM Arvind Kejriwal at his residence on Saturday. (IE photo: Praveen Khanna)
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: February 2, 2014 2:12 am

A day after a 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh died after being allegedly beaten up by a shopkeeper in Lajpat Nagar, nearly 1000 youths gathered outside the Lajpat Nagar police station, demanding a swift probe.

Members of Arunachal Students’ Union, JNU Students’ Union, Naga Students’ Union, North East Students’ Union and All Assamese Students’ Association took part in the protest.

The protesters marched down the busy market and gathered outside the police station. Their ire was direct at the police and government. Many shouted slogans such as “Arvind Kejriwal hosh mein aao” and “Delhi Police, down down”.

“What I can’t understand is why, after everything that had happened, Nido was dropped back where the fight had happened. Now that he has died, why is AAP so quiet? Where is the broom now? Are the people from the Northeast not aam aadmi?” Nabonita Gurung, a student from JNU, said.

Also in the protest were a number of people from Himachal Pradesh and the Uttarakhand. “Racism is not just limited to people from the north-east. It’s not about where you are from. The racists only bother about the skin colour. If we look different, they will abuse you and call you a kancha,” Gaurav Nima, a DU student, said.

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