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Crimes against Northeast people: Delhi High Court raps police for non-compliance

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 9:20pm IST | Agency: PTI

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The Delhi High Court today criticized the city police for not complying "properly" with its several directions to curb hate crimes against the people from Northeast in the national capital.

"Have you given the wide publicity in television, radio and in the print media of your helpline number:1093? The effort taken so far is not satisfactory. You have not done it," a bench headed by acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed said.

The bench had earlier issued a slew of directions, including publicising the helpline number meant for persons hailing from North-East and senstising the police force towards the peoples from that region.

Besides recruting North-East citizens in police, the bench had also asked it to establsih a special unit on the lines of Crime Against Women (CAW) cell to redress the grievances of persons of that region. "With regard to our direction to give adequate publicity to the helpline number, Delhi Police has indicated that handbills have been displayed and notices pasted in police stations. However, we think wider publicity is needed and it should use radio, TV, and print media to advertise it, the bench said and asked the police to file a fresh status report.

It also asked police to file a status report on the "actual" steps taken on sensitisation of police personnel about problems faced by Northeast people in the city. The counsel for police said that out of 47 complaints received from North-east people, 15 FIRs have been lodged. 

The bench also asked the Centre to file a status report on its proposed move to seek policemen from the Northeast to be posted on deputation with Delhi police. 

Earlier, the court had termed the hate crimes against people from the Northeast as a case of "racial profiling" and had asked the city Police Commissioner to undertake a drive to sensitise its 83,000 strong police force about preventing such crimes. The bench, which had taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of Arunchal Pradesh student Nido Tania, had earlier issued a slew of guidelines on the issue of sefety and security of Northeast citizens.

19-year-old Tania, son of an Arunachal Pradesh MLA, died after he was allegedly beaten up by shopkeepers in Lajpat Nagar area in South Delhi.

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