Representatives of several Northeastern students union on Monday met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanding speedy justice for Nido Taniam, a student from Arunachal Pradesh who died following an alleged attack by some shopkeepers here.
The students’ delegation, accompanied by union minister of state for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister in this regard.
They also demanded formation of a committee under Delhi government to look into all cases of racial discrimination not just for the people from the Northeast but also people coming from all parts of the country.
Another demand in the memorandum was to include history and culture of Northeast in Delhi education syllabus.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Kejriwal, activist Binalakshmi Nepram said the Chief Minister had assured them of taking up the issue with the LG and press for immediate police action in the case.
Representatives of the students unions said they will sit on an indefinite dharna at Jantar Mantar.
“Kejriwal has also assured us that that he too will join us in the protest,” said Nepram.
She alleged that even after three days of the incident, “police are trying to shield the culprits”.
“Police have done a lot of blunders, they first made the victim sign a paper saying that he is medically alright, the FIR was not filled immediately. They are now claiming that until the viscera report is out, they do not know the cause of death,” she said.
Nepram also demanded the Centre enact an anti-racial discrimination law to prevent the repetition of such incidents.
“More than 60 per cent of young people who come out of Northeast to study or work are living in Delhi. We are treated like second class citizens here. This issue is not just concerned with Delhi government but also the Centre. We demand that an anti-racial discrimination law be enacted,” she said.
The market is considered the largest cloth market in Asia and it houses a number of textile units and factories.