Rahul Gandhi meets lawmakers over northeastern student’s death

New delhi, Feb.6: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met his party’s lawmakers from north eastern states on Thursday to discuss the incident of a teenager’s death from their region that is being alleged as a racial attack or hate crime.

The death of a 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh has led to outrage among the northeast community against the regular racial discrimination they suffer at the hands of local people.

The government has set up a committee to look into reasons for discrimination against the northeast people in other parts of India.

“We are very grateful to Rahul, our honourable vice president, for having taken very keen interest not only in only in the Tania case but also the hostile discrimination, which is happening against the northeast student community in Delhi, and other parts of the country,” said a member of the delegation, Luiseno Fiero, in New Delhi.

Nido Tania was allegedly beaten to death at Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi on January 29 as he got into a brawl with local shopkeepers while reacting to a verbal racial slur and taunts on his hair colour.

India’s northeasterners have always voiced against the wide-scale discrimination meted out to their hapless youngsters who arrive at the national capital every year looking for better opportunities in education and career.

“Our movement will go on. We will not be deterred by the wrong reports of the press. We condemn the political parties and we condemn the Delhi police fro manufacturing this wrong information,” a well known activist, Binalakshmi Nepram.

The post mortem report is awaited. (ANI)