Shopkeepers beat Nido twice: Police to court
Revealing new facts into the death of Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Taniam in the national capital, the state police has informed the Delhi High court that there were two rounds of fight between the Arunachali, the shopkeeper and his friends, media reports.
In what appeared to be yet another violent attack on a member of the Northeast community, 18-year-old Nido Taniam, who was a student from Arunachal Pradesh and was studying in Delhi, died on Jan 30 from alleged 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.
"Three associates of the shopkeepers are said to have beaten Nido and also passed derogatory, casteist and racist remarks," CNN-IBN reported.
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.
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.
"The police are saying that the accused are arrested under the SC/ST Act but not under the charges of murder. Charge of murder will be decided after the post mortem report," the channel reported.
"According to sources, there is no conclusive evidence that Taniam died due to injuries received during the brawl with shop-keepers that had been reported. Sources say the cause of Taniam's death can only be established conclusively after viscera examination," it reported citing sources.
Earlier in the day, MPs from North East met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demand justice for Nido.
The PM has assured the delegation that justice would be done in the case.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have already met the agitated protesters of the North East community and assured them of justice.
Meanwhile, the bail plea of the accused has been transferred to the Supreme Court. The plea will be heard on Friday in the court.
(Posted on 06-02-2014)