Arvind Kejriwal to join protests against NE student attack

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 4 2014, 05:09am hrs
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today assured a delegation of northeast students in the capital that he would join their protest for speedy justice for a student from Arunachal Pradesh who died following an alleged attack by some shopkeepers here.

The delegation accompanied by Union Minister of State Minority Affairs Ninong Ering submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister in this regard.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Kejriwal, activist Binalakshmi Nepram said the Chief Minister had assured them of taking up the issue with Lieutenant Governor and press for immediate police action in the case.

The delegation comprising representatives of the students unions of northeast students said they will sit on an indefinite dharna from today at Jantar Mantar.

"Kejriwal has also assured us that that he too will join us in the protest," said Nepram, amid reports that he will join the protest tomorrow. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi joined the protesters at Jantar Mantar this evening to express his solidarity with them.

She alleged that even after three days of the attack on Nido Tania "police are trying to shield the culprits".

"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 delegation 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.