A week after a 19-year-old boy from Arunachal Pradesh died in Delhi, allegedly in a racial attack, a group of students and people from north east on Thursday lead a protest march from Jantar Mantar to Parliament Street. The agitating students are demanding an anti-racism law that would deter discriminatory attack on people from north east.
Leading a peaceful protest, the members of the group offered court arrest at the Parliament Street police station.
One member of the group said that they don’t to want to disturb the law and order situation of the state and thus have offered court arrest. But they maintained that there are agonised with the present handling of the situation by the government.
Even after seven days no arrest has been made in the case.
Members of the group said that by courting arrest, they want to bring the attention of the government towards the discrimination they face in the country.
Meanwhile, a delegation of MPs from north east met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, urging him to take up their issue. They later also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the issue who asked the legislators to place their views before the committee constituted to address the grievances.
Speaking after the meeting, MP from Tripura, Khagen Das said the Prime Minister condemned the incidents in which people from Northeast were targeted and gave assurance that appropriate steps would be taken so that such incidents do not happen in the future.
Rahul Gandhi had already raised his voice on the issue by joining the protestors two days back. He had assured that he would take up the issue at the highest level. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also met the protestors this week and demanded speedy justice in the case.
Nido Taniam, a 19 year old student died on January 29, following a scuffle at Lajpat Nagar where a shopkeeper teased Nido over his hair and look.
The shop had stored over 20 drums of kerosene that fuelled the blaze and it quickly spread through the entire building.