Perturbed at the shocking incident in Delhi leading to the death of Nido Taniam, a student from Arunachal Pradesh, the Centre is contemplating taking stiff action against the Delhi police and tinkering the Indian Penal Code (IPC) a little to check growing racial abuse.
With details of the case indicating that Nido could have been saved had Delhi Police taken timely action by treating the incident as a medico legal case (MLC) and taken Nido to a nearby hospital instead of sending him back home, the union home ministry has asked Delhi Police to send a detailed report of the incident.
Prima facie, there seems to be lapse by the Delhi Police officials, especially those who are in-charge of the area. We are awaiting full report and based on that may ask Delhi Police Commissioner to take strong disciplinary action, including suspension against officials guilty of the lapse, sources said.
In addition, the ministry has also asked Delhi Police to send detailed reports of other two incidents that have occurred in the last two days – rape of a minor Manipuri girl and severe beating suffered by two Manipuri boys.
To the dismay of home ministry, there has been a sudden increase in incidents of atrocities against north east people in Delhi despite clear guidelines to Delhi Police to treat every case involving north-eastern people sensitively and on high priority.
This apathy, the ministry thinks, could be offset by bringing in small changes in the IPC and Acts dealing with atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe.
The ministry is expected to initiate these changes once the six member committee constituted under former IAS officer M P Bezbaruah to look into concerns of people of north-eastern states living in other parts of the country, gives its report of recommendations.
For the union home ministry that has the onus of keeping internal security situation under check throughout the country, such incidents have a larger bearing on the fragile north east that is still struggling to fully assimilate with the rest of the country.
"One such incident has far reaching impact in the northeast and offsets all the hard work done by taking us back by several steps. It is important to act now," said an official.