February 1, 2014

Northeast students hold protests over killing of Arunachal student in Delhi

Students from the northeastern states held protests in Delhi on Saturday demanding action against the killers of Arunachal student Nido Tania.
New Delhi: The northeastern community is up in arms against the racial discrimination against them in Delhi and other places. The students from the northeastern states, demanding justice over the killing of an Arunachal student, Nido Tania, by shopkeepers in south Delhi's Lajpat Nagar a couple of days ago in a clash sparked by racial remarks against northeast students, held protests in the area on Saturday.

A large number of students assembled at the spot demanding action. Holding placards, they raised slogans against discrimination and demanded justice.

A delegation of the students also met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Nido Tania was the son of Arunachal Pradesh Congress legislator Nido Pavitra.

Nido Tania, 19, was beaten up by shopkeepers Wednesday afternoon following an altercation over remarks against his appearance and clothing, smacking of racial bias. He died on Thursday.

The protest was called off after the Delhi police assured them of speedy investigations. The students from Arunachal Pradesh had threatened that they would hold an indefinite protest.

A group of protesters from the northeastern states also met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Harsh Vardhan.

The 19-year-old Tania's father, Nido Pavitra, is a Congress MLA from Raga constituency in Arunachal Pradesh.

The police have now registered a case of murder under Section 302 of IPC against shopkeepers Farhan and Akram.

A magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

Tania was a student of BA first year in a Jalandhar university. On a holiday, he was staying with a friend at a house in Green Park Extension in Delhi. Tania had gone to Lajpat Nagar to meet a friend in the afternoon on Wednesday. According to reports, he asked a shopkeeper at a shop, Paneer Bhandar, the way to locate his friend's house. Shopkeeper Farhan allegedly made a racial comment on him, on which the boy got infuriated, and a clash followed in which other shopkeepers also joined, according to reports.

On Thursday afternoon his friend found Tania was not responding to calls. He was taken to AIIMS where he was declared brought dead. A post-mortem examination was conducted on the body.

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