"Home Ministry is in constant touch with Delhi Police. The issue of the safety of students and others from the northeastern part of the country who are residing in Delhi and other states has been a major concern for the Centre," an MHA official said, adding that along with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region it has time and again suggested steps for the states on the question of their security and safety. JPN/Agencies
Nido Tania, the son of a Congress MLA in Arunachal Pradesh, was found dead inside his room on Thursday. He had allegedly been beaten up by some shopkeepers in Lajpat Nagar after he broke a window pane there when he was mocked over his hairstyle.
The official said that Delhi Police has shared the facts of the case with them and the investigation into the case was still on.
Meanwhile, sources said that the post-mortem report of the deceased student did not indicate major external injuries although a detailed probe is still on to ascertain the cause of death.
Delhi Government orders magisterial probe
The Delhi Government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into his death.
Condemning the incident, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recommended to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to order a magisterial inquiry into how college student Tania died following an assault on him and what was the response of the law enforcing agencies.
Government sources said the Lt Governor's office has approved it.
“The government has adopted a zero tolerance policy towards such unacceptable behaviour since people from all parts of the country and those belonging to other countries, residing in Delhi, are its pride. There is no place for elements trying to spread hatred against people belonging to any particular part of the country," said Kejriwal.
A government official said that the death is not only tragic but raises serious questions on the alleged beating reportedly in public view.
"The loss of an innocent life raises serious questions about the functioning of law enforcement agencies and it needs to be probed how the alleged beating of this student reportedly took place in full public view," added the official.
Northeastern students seek justice
Demanding justice, students from the country's northeastern states held a protest here on Saturday at the Lajpat market.
Scores of protesters held placards, raised slogans against discrimination and demanded justice.
"It is a shocking incident and it is not the first time. It is not just about people from northeast, people from outside always face discrimination here," said a protester.
"We want Delhi chief minister (Arvind Kejriwal) to deliver justice to us," said another protester.
A group of people from the northeastern states also met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Harsh Vardhan.
"I hope Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh), Home Minister (Sushilkumar Shinde) and chief minister (Arvind Kejriwal) will rise to the occasion," the BJP leader said.
Activists and people from the northeast termed it a "racial attack" while the region's parliamentarians said they would take up the matter with the Prime Minister.
"Home Ministry is in constant touch with Delhi Police. The issue of the safety of students and others from the northeastern part of the country who are residing in Delhi and other states has been a major concern for the Centre," an MHA official said, adding that along with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region it has time and again suggested steps for the states on the question of their security and safety.