Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday wrote to the father of Nido Taniam, the 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh who became a victim of hate crime in the capital and died of injuries after he was allegedly assaulted by several persons in Lajpat Nagar.
In her letter to the victim’s father, Nido Pavitra, a Congress MLA from Arunachal Pradesh, the UPA chairperson promised that strong action would be taken against those involved in the incident. Calling such incidents a blot on society, Sonia said, “Is tarah ke ghatnayen puray samaaj ke liye kalank hai.”
Last Wednesday, Taniam, a B.Sc student at Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, was assaulted by a group of men in Lajpat Nagar. He died a day later. He had come to Delhi a few days before the incident.
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Following protests across the city and other parts of the country, Delhi Police has asked senior IPS officer Robin Hibu, also from Arunachal Pradesh, to deal with various students’ groups protesting in the city.
On Sunday, several students’ bodies held protests at Jantar Mantar, demanding the suspension of police officers who they alleged had mishandled the case, resulting in the death of Taniam. A candlelight vigil was also organised at Jantar Mantar. Protests were also organised at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The AISA-led students’ union at JNU held a protest march on campus against racial discrimination against people from Northeastern states.
Police said they had detained three more persons and were investigating their roles. A police team has also been sent to Uttar Pradesh, where two men, who allegedly assaulted the victim on Wednesday, are believed to have fled after the incident.
Police are yet to make any arrests and are awaiting the autopsy report, which is expected on Monday. Police officers investigating the case said the viscera and post-mortem report would give them vital leads.
Taniam was on his way to a friend’s house in Lajpat Nagar when he got into a scuffle with several men, who commented on his appearance. Police were informed but both sides were let off after a compromise. Taniam was found dead at his relative’s house in Green Park Extension the following day.