The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is considering a judicial inquiry into the death of 19-year-old Nido Taniam, a student from Arunachal Pradesh, an official said.
The move comes after a delegation of students from the Northeast headed by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering met Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Tuesday.
The Delhi Police has already constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the case.
Ninong Ering said Shinde has assured the delegation a speedy probe into Nido’s death.
Nido Taniam died last week after he was allegedly assaulted by a group of people in Southeast Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar.
Ering said the delegation demanded a CBI investigation into Nido’s death, action against “erring” Delhi Police personnel who allegedly failed to act properly and the enactment of an anti-racial law. “The Home Minister said the guilty will be punished. He assured us a speedy probe,” Ering said after the 20-minute meeting with Shinde.
An official said the Home Ministry has agreed to order a magisterial probe in the case. The Ministry will also set up an administrative committee to look into the larger complaints of victimisation of students from the Northeast.
“We have also requested the setting up of an administrative committee by the Home Ministry to look into such cases and ensure justice,” Ering said.
3 accused sent to judicial custody till February 18
A city court on Tuesday sent three persons arrested in connection with the death of Nido Taniam to 14 days’ judicial custody — till February 18.
The three — Sunder Singh, Pawan Farmania, Farman — were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar on Tuesday. Counsel representing two of the accused said his clients had been mere witnesses to the altercation between Nido and the shopkeepers. “They took photographs of the incident… and showed it to police, mentioning that they were innocent…,” Shalabh Gupta, counsel for Pawan and Sunder said. The three have been held on charges of murder and under the stringent provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The court
has also forwarded the request for a TIP of the accused to another court.