BJP takes to streets, demands quick action in Arunachal students’ death

Harsh Vardhan, Goel say such incidents need to be stopped.

New Delhi | Published: February 3, 2014 2:36:58 am
Harsh Vardhan and Vijay Goel during the protest at Rajghat. (Amit Mehra) Harsh Vardhan and Vijay Goel during the protest at Rajghat. (Amit Mehra)

The Delhi BJP on Sunday held a protest at Rajghat to express solidarity with people from the Northeast states and to press for immediate action against those guilty of the death of an Arunachal Pradesh student in the capital.

Nineteen-year-old Nido Taniam died on Thursday after being allegedly beaten up by a shopkeeper in Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi.
Addressing the BJP workers, Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said, “I have already spoken to the police commissioner and I am going to meet him on Monday to demand immediate action in this case. There is an urgent need to set up helplines at the district level as students from Northeast states are often harassed. The authorities need to be sensitised to react quickly to complaints and to take preventive steps to check harassment of people (from the Northeast states), especially students.”

Goel said, “A survey by Northeast Help Centre in Delhi shows that around 60 per cent of women from the Northeast feel harassed. There have been cases of harassment of students too. This situation needs to be reversed immediately.”

Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Harsh Vardhan, said, “There is an urgent need to take steps to ensure that such incidents do not happen again. Those guilty of committing this crime should be brought to book.”

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