Reacting to death of the Arunachal student Nido here , Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Harshvardhan on Saturday said that he was going to write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to take concrete steps against discrimination and violence against North Eastern students in the capital.
"Yesterday a young boy named Nido who was killed in Lajpat Nagar and the people of Delhi are hurt by the incident. This issue has come up a lot of times in the past as well," said Harshvardhan.
"I am going to write a letter to the Home minster and the Prime minister asking them to take concrete steps to stop discrimination and violence against North Eastern students in the capital," he said.
"Where Delhi is often called a mini- India as the people here remain united even though they belong to various different cultures, it is shameful that such an incident has taken place," he added.
"The whole society, especially the Delhi Chief Minister, Union Home Minister and the Prime Minster who himself belongs to the North East need to focus on this issue," he said.
Nido Taniam allegedly died after he was beaten with sticks in South Delhi's Lajpat Nagar area.
He had reportedly gone to Lajpat Nagar on January 29 in search of an address, and was allegedly mocked by someone at a shop for the style of his hair.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Resident Commissioner Avinash Mishra said that the boy, in a fit of rage, broke a glass at the shop.
"It is a general tendency that whenever people from North-East come, people in Delhi mock them. It has become a practice. So, the boy became angry and he may have punched the glass and it cracked, for which he paid the money also. Because of this, there was a fight. He was alone, and people beat him with sticks, and he was injured," he said.
"Police came and took him to Lajpat Nagar police station, and amicably it was settled, and the boy was handed over to his uncle, and they went home,' he added.
Mishra further said that the boy's friends rushed him to AIIMS the next day when he didn't wake up, where he was declared dead.
"In the meantime, there may be some vital internal injury on his head. His friends said that he slept at night, and in the morning they realized he is still sleeping. His friends rushed him to AIIMS, they declared him dead," he said.