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Murder charges in Nido Taniam’s death, outrage grows as two more people from the northeast face racial attack in capital

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 - 9:56am IST | Place: Ne Delhi | Agency: DNA

The Delhi police will bring murder charges in the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Taniam who died in the capital on January 30, after his autopsy report revealed on Monday that he died due to severe internal head and lung injuries. 
News of the autopsy report came a day after two more people from the northeast were attacked in an apparent racial attack in southeast Delhi on Sunday. Cousins Ginkhansuan Naulak (24) and Ginkhansuan Naulak (25), from Manipur, were attacked by motorcycle-borne assailants in Madangir area at around 9.30pm when the two were returning home from a shop. The police has detained two people and registered a case of assault. Ginkhansuan was undergoing treatment until late Monday evening, while Vumsuanmung was discharged.
The sizeable northeastern community in Delhi erupted in anger over Nido’s death and last week’s rape of a Manipuri girl. Nido, a first year BSc student and son of Arunachal Pradesh MLA Nido Pavitra, was in the capital for a holiday when he was thrashed by locals and a shopkeeper in Lajpat Nagar following an altercation over his hair colour and attire on January 29. He didn’t wake up the following morning and was declared brought dead at AIIMS. 
The Delhi police submitted his postmortem report before the Delhi High Court, as its counsel informed the bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana that Nido sported nine external injuries and had died of head and lung injuries. The bench, also comprising Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, The court directed the home ministry to recruit more people from the northeast into the Delhi police to make things better for the community. “Already they are feeling neglected, alienated and exploited. It is very dangerous,” it said. The ministry, represented by Additional Solicitor General Rajeev Mehra, was also asked to submit the draft guidelines that could be used in passing directions to ensure safety and security of the northeastern people in the capital by Tuesday. 
“We cannot close our eyes and say that everything is fine. Some fear must be there. Please ask the police to do something,” the court observed, referring to the increase in racial attack cases in the capital.
The police identified six people allegedly involved in the case and has made three arrests. While Sunder Singh, 27, his brother Pawan Singh, 28, and Farman, 22, are in custody, two others, who are juveniles, are in a care home while the sixth person is absconding. 

Northeast MPs want anti-racial law enacted 
The Forum of Northeastern Members of Parliament has written to Prime Minister Manmohan urging him to call an all-party meeting soon to enact an anti-racial law in the country. Members of the Forum will also meet on Tuesday to deliberate on the recent alleged racial attacks on people of the community in the capital and demands put forth by the community. There are 25 Lok Sabha MPs and 14 Rajya Sabha MPs including the Prime Minister from the northeastern region. The ministry of northeast development has already decided to set up a 24x7 helpline for residents in the capital.


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