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Special unit for northeast people got 416 complaints, Delhi HC told

Posted on Aug 11 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, Aug 11 : A special unit set up to register complaints from northeast people residing in Delhi submitted a status report in the Delhi High Court Monday where it said 416 complaints have been received by it from these people on Whatsapp, email and a helpline number.

A total of 330 complaints were received on the helpline number 1093, that was started by Delhi Police after continued attacks on people from the northeastern states residing in Delhi.

On Whatsapp, 33 complaints were received from Feb 2, the date the special unit was set up, till Aug 6.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S Endlaw took note of the status report of the special unit and posted the matter for Aug 20.

The special unit filed the report in a case where the court took suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania, and monitoring the issue of safety and security of northeast citizens.

The status report submitted by the deputy commissioner of police, special unit for north east people, said it has received 25 complaints through email, 18 complaints by SMS and five complaints by post.

On the basis of these 416 complaints, Delhi Police registered 84 cases, said the report.

"In view of the importance regarding safety and security of the people from the northeast, a nodal officer of the rank of joint commissioner of police Robin Hibu, posted as chief coordinator for northeast people, will be available on email and Whatsapp number 9810083486 for receiving complaints," it stated.

A Facebook page "Delhi Police For North East Folks" was launched May 5, said the report.

The helpline number 1093 has been functioning to receive complaints, and is being monitored by the deputy commissioner of police.

It, however, added that the unit was neither authorised to register any case on crimes against northeast people nor prosecute the culprits.

"The staff posted there is only monitoring the complaints made by northeast people received from the helpline number 1093, Whatsapp, emails etc. And coordinate the same with the authorities concerned... rest of the action like registration of cases and investigation thereupon is being taken by concerned district police."

In a separate status report, Delhi Police told the court that there was sufficient evidence against two lawyers who allegedly abused and assaulted people from the northeast inside the Tis Hazari court premises in May.

The report filed by the SHO of Subzi Mandi police station said the lawyers were thoroughly interrogated and were released on bail after their arrest.

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