Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi on Tuesday said a speedy probe was being conducted into the death of 19-year-old student Nido Taniam, with Joint Commissioner of Police Robin Hibu monitoring the investigation.
The police chief said Hibu, who like Taniam is also from Arunachal Pradesh, will be assisted by the nodal officer designated to handle issues related to people from the Northeastern states.
“Following the recent and unfortunate incident, Robin Hibu is personally monitoring the case and the follow-up action to ensure that a speedy probe is conducted. Delhi Police reassures all those hailing from the Northeastern states that their interests will be fully protected,” Bassi said.
Bassi said renewed emphasis would be laid during training in sensitising police officers. Incidentally, the training will be held under the supervision of Hibu, the chief of the Police Training College.
After a gap of more than 12 years, police have begun a pan-India drive to recruit constables from as many as 10 states. Officers of the rank of DCP have already visited states such as Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to conduct physical examination of candidates.
For more than a decade, the recruitment of personnel for the Delhi Police was held only in the capital, making it impossible for candidates from the Southern and Northeastern part of the country to join the force.
At least 2,000 constables, both men and women, will be inducted into the force, through this recruitment drive. The other states where this drive is presently on are Maharashtra, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
Referring to the fears and insecurities expressed by those belonging to the Northeastern states, Bassi said, “In this cosmopolitan city, let me assure that Delhi Police is conscious of the need to ensure the safety of students and other persons hailing from the Northeast. We have a detailed standing order and guidelines to handle issues affecting our brothers and sisters from the Northeast. All this has been issued to our nodal officer Robin Hibu. He has been maintaining a regular contact with the relevant associations and groups by holding periodic formal and informal interactions.”