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We need anti-racism law in India say victims as the protest against Nido Taniam's death intensifies

Monday, 3 February 2014 - 12:00pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad / New Delhi | Agency: DNA web desk
The autopsy report of Nido Taniam, the Arunachal Pradesh student who was attacked by a group of shopkeepers In Lajpat Nagar area of Delhi will come today. This report will be able to throw some light on the exact cause of the death and AIIMS will submit the reports.
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The autopsy report of Nido Taniam, the Arunachal Pradesh student who was attacked by a group of shopkeepers In Lajpat Nagar area of Delhi will come today. This report will be able to throw some light on the exact cause of the death and AIIMS will submit the reports. 

Nido Taniam had been mercilessly beaten by a group of shopekeepers in Lajpat Nagar area following an altercation that was sparked by their taunts on his hairstyle on Wednesday.

This highlights the prejudices and racism that people from North-east India and Africa face in the capital and also creates a row over the need of anti-racism bill in India. 

Nido Taniam, the son of Congress MLA Nido Pavitra, was rushed to the hospital on Thursday after his condition deteriorated suddenly. At the hospital, he was declared dead on admission. 

Furious over Nido's death, students from the Northeast had taken out a rally and protested against the racial discrimination on Sunday asking justice and equality. 

According to Avinash Mishra, Chief Resident Commissioner, Arunchal Pradesh Bhavan, the incident took place on Wednesday when Taniam along with a friend had gone to Lajpat Nagar market to locate a friend's address.

Some workers of the shop started making fun of his blonde hair. He asked them not to laugh at him but they didn't listen to him leading to an altercation that ended in a tussle. 

After this a scuffle ensued during which he was thrashed by seven-eight people with sticks. He was badly injured with this attack. Many eyewitnesses have said, "Many people were beating the young boy outside the shop." 

Following the commotion, police arrived on the spot which got a settlement done. The boy even gave Rs.7,000 for the damaged counter. Police then called his uncle, Vinod, and asked him to take Tanian with him. Some of his friends arrived on the spot and took him with them.

They went to a medical store in Safdarjung where they took a tetanus injection and went to his home in Safdarjung.

However, he didn't wake up in the morning. He was taken to AIIMS, where he was declared dead,

Arunachal Pradesh MP Takam Sanjoy told a TV channel, "The humiliating discrimination meted out to northeastern students and other people either in Delhi or elsewhere is going to be protested on a large scale.

There have been incidents of targeting people from the north east, including rape of a BPO employee, in the national capital, leading to protests from outfits representing their cause.


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