New Delhi, Feb 4 IBNS | 6 months ago

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday condemned the death of Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Taniam at Jantar Manter here and said his government will make every possible effort to punish the guilty.


"The attack on Nido Taniam, the student from Arunachal Pradesh, is most condemnable. While the actual cause of Nido Taniam's death will be known only after the autopsy report is received, the violence which preceded his demise is tragic and shameful. Our Government will make every possible effort to punish the guilty and to provide effective protection to students and citizens from other parts of the country, especially the North East, who visit or reside in Delhi," Singh said in a statement on Tuesday.

"It has been affirmed by all political parties in the Parliament that every Indian should ensure thatour fellow citizens from the North East feel safe and that every part of the country welcomes them. What is at stake is human values, amity in society, and the unity and integrity of the country. New Delhi is the national capital and a diverse and vibrant city, enriched by people from all over the country who have made it their home. People from other parts of the country like the North East are as much a part of the city as anyone else. All citizens need to work together to ensure that our brothers and sisters from the North East feel safe and secure in Delhi," he said.

In what appears to be yet another violent attack on a member of the Northeast community, the 18-year-old Nido Taniam , who was a student from Arunachal Pradesh and was studying in Delhi, died on Jan 30 from beatings by several shopkeepers in a market area of Lajpat Nagar in the national capital on Jan 29 evening.

Nido Taniam, had got engaged in an altercation on Jan 29 with some people in the market after he was teased for his hairstyle leading to a fight.

The glass of a shop had broken leading to more violence in which the boy was mercilessly beaten up leading to his death the next day. He was found dead in his room.

Activists alleged that police apathy also caused the death since though cops came but did not rescue him. He died of internal injuries, said reports.

The victims' friends were also there when the altercation occurred. Activists said police had brokered a peace first but then did not act. The boy was asked to pay Rs 10,000/- first but then why he was again beaten and left there was not clear.

(Posted on 04-02-2014)