February 3, 2014

Rahul throws his weight behind protesters, says justice would be done in Nido’s case

Filed under: Uncategorized — Journalised @ 9:13 AM

New Delhi, Feb 3 (UNI) In rare show of solidarity with protesters at Jantar Mantar protesting the beating and subsequent death of Arunachal student Nido Taniam, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today assured that justice will be done in the case.

“I should not be standing here, I should be there, sitting with you,” Mr Gandhi said pointing to those sitting in the crowd who had gathered there to protest Nido’s death.

“You can expect very quick action. We are going to move forward with it,” Mr Gandhi assured them.

“The only thing I am interested in is dignity for all Indians,” he said to cheers from the gathering, adding, “What happened (to Nido) is absolutely unacceptable.

Appealing for respect for all Indians including people from the North East, Mr Gandhi said, “There is only one India that matters to me, and that India is where every Indian has respect and justice. We will ensure that people of North East get respect and justice.”

The protesters put forward their 16 demands to Mr Gandhi which includes a magisterial inquiry into the death of Nido Taniam at the level of Deputy Commissioner.

They are also demanding that the inquiry be completed within two weeks and the case be transferred to the CBI or a SIT be instituted for the purpose.

Earlier in the day various members of the North-Eastern community spoke against the angst in the community after Nido’s killing. Founder of Manipur Guns Survivor Association, Binalakshmi Nepram said that their fight is till the and the community will not rest until justice is done.

“Our research has shown that of all the crimes against North-Eastern people, over 50 per cent are against women,” Ms Nepram said during her speech at the protests. She informed the the Delhi High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of the issue and has asked the Delhi police to submit a report in three days.

“This time it’s going to be different. We will protest everyday. This is not a one-day show,” she said.

Various protesters gathered at the protest said that discrimination against them is rife and demanded for enacting of a strict anti-racial law. “We want anti-racial law which can be executed not only on paper,” said Dutu Tabyo, a documentary film-maker from Arunachal Pradesh who joined the protests at Jantar Mantar.

“Everytime something like this happens, the case gets vanished in months, the perpetrators go scot free, like in the case of Dana Sangma. But this time we mean business, we want written assurance from the government,” Mr Tabyo said.

Another participant and speaker Wanghring Rangang Anal, an advisor to the Delhi Police on North-eastern affairs said that the Police in the cityt needs to be sensitised about the cultural preferences of people from the North East and the Police personnels needs to be taught about the culture by conducting regular meeting.

Mr Anal condemned the Delhi Police’s claim that the incident was just another scuffle, adding that there people from the North East are targeted on everyday basis.

“They should be booked and punished. This has been happening everyday,” said Mr Anal.


A shorter version of this story can be found here.


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