Arvind Kejriwal, at Arunachal student Nido Taniam death protest meet, vows to stamp out racial discrimination in Delhi

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 5 2014, 02:38am hrs
Nido Tania deathArvind Kejriwal says Delhi Police is one of the accused in the Arunachal student Nido Taniam's death case. Reuters
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today demanded action against those responsible for the unfortunate death of an Arunachal Pradesh student here and announced steps to stop racial discrimination against North Eastern people.

Arvind Kejriwal, who joined hundreds of people at Jantar Mantar demanding action against guilty, said necessary action would be taken against those responsible behind the attack on the basis of the magisterial enquiry already ordered by Delhi Government.

"It is a very unfortunate incident. It is not only the fight for people of North East. It is our fight. We all have to fight it (racial discrimination)," he said.

Nido Taniam, a first-year student of a private university, had died after he was allegedly assaulted by a group of people in Lajpat Nagar here.

"I saw the news on television. We ordered independent magisterial enquiry within an hour... We did not order it under any pressure. Some people wrote to me why should we order another enquiry when police is already probing it.

"I told them Delhi Police is interested party. It is one of the accused. Delhi Police cannot conduct independent investigation. Therefore, we ordered magisterial enquiry," he told the gathering.

Delhi Government had on January 31 ordered the enquiry to probe Nido's death.

"The enquiry would be completed within 3-4 weeks. If a policeman is found involved in it, action would be taken against him," Kejriwal said.

Without taking any names, the Delhi Chief Minister also charged "netas" for making promises who are meeting protesters and pledging actions in the case.

"All these 'netas' who are coming here. They would say this would be done, that would be done. This will not happen. There has to be a justice this time. If there is no justice in the case, then there won't be any justice in the future.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had yesterday joined the protesters at the Jantar Mantar and assured them that the government would ensure that they get respect and justice.

"I have never considered myself as Chief Minister. I am a common man. We need to work together. We will do, whatever we can do to fight such discrimination," Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal, who was also joined by his ministerial colleague Manish Sisodia, said his government would take corrective steps to create awareness and check any discrimination against people of North East.

"There will be chapters on the history of North East of India in curriculum for Delhi schools," he announced.

The Delhi Government would form a committee for the North Eastern people. "We will notify that committee. This would be the official committee of the Delhi Government. In that, you will give suggestion, we will implement these suggestions," he said.

Kejriwal also emphasised upon the need to revamp criminal justice system to sensitise policemen towards people.

Supporting the Chief Minister, Sisodia said school books in Delhi will have chapters on North East from next session.

"It is not simply about facts and figures of the North East. I will try my best so that people in Delhi are taught through these books how to respect Indians, respect people and women from North East or from any other parts of the country.

"The Department of Education in Delhi will teach people how to respect an Indian," said the Education Minister.

Minister of State for Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region Paban Singh Ghatowar, who was also present during the protest, offered all support to the protesting students.

"Even If I am Minister or not, but I am with you in this fight," he said.

Many activist fighting to end discrimination against people from North East also demanded formulation of anti-racial discrimination law in the country.

"We will not rest until an anti-racial discrimination law is passed," said Binalakshmi Nepram, founder of Manipur Gun Survivors Network.