As the capital continues to demand justice for Arunachal Pradesh student, Nido Taniam, who died after being beaten up by locals at a marketplace in the Lajpat Nagar area of Delhi, last week the Delhi police has identified three more people who were involved in the incident.
Investigators have detained two people and the preliminary post-mortem conducted at AIIMS will be available by Monday. A detailed viscera forensic report being conducted CBI forensics laboratory will take a week to be available to the police. Police teams have been sent to neighbouring states Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to nab other suspects.
Human rights groups, students and academicians organised a candle light vigil in remembrance of Taniam at Jantar Mantar on Sunday and raised concern about ‘racism being internalised in the national capital.’
An FIR has been registered against unknown persons at Lajpat Nagar police station under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and section 3 of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.
Student bodies also plan to meet prime minister Manmohan Singh and home minister Sushilkumar Shinde to expedite the process of investigation. Shinde has already asked the Delhi police to submit a report about the incident.
Robin Hibu, joint commissioner of police belonging to Arunachal Pradesh and a keen observer of Northeastern region, has been asked to supervise the case.
“We have identified few other assailants who attacked the student and teams have been sent to nab them,” Hibu told dna.
Taniam was allegedly assaulted as he protested against a shopkeeper’s taunts about his physical appearance in Lajpat Nagar area in southeast Delhi on January 29. He was declared as brought dead at AIIMS the next day. Taniam, a BSc first year student at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar and son of Congress MLA and parliamentary secretary Health & Family Welfare and Food & Civil Supplies, Nido Pavitra, was in Delhi on a holiday. Activists and family members of Taniam have alleged that Delhi Police dealt with the case callously.
“We feel vulnerable every time we step out of our house. Sometimes, even in our homes we don’t feel safe,” said Aruni Rang Yang, 26, from Manipur, who has been working in Delhi for the past few years now. Nido’s body was flown back to Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday evening and last rites were performed on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Delhi police has arrested one person Prem, allegedly involved in harassing, abusing and molestation of two women from Manipur in Kotla Mubarakpur area. The incident took place on January 25 when some men allegedly passed racist comments at them. The police reportedly claim that the women — Tharmila Jajo and Chonmila — were allegedly beaten up by the men when one of them tied a dog’s chain to Chonmila’s boots and she tried to get rid of the dog.
Her friend was also beaten up when she tried to intervene.