Hindi lessons to allow them to gel well with the ‘mainstream’ Delhi crowd, a zero-tolerance policy for crimes against their community and a website dedicated to deal solely with their complaints. These were some of the promises made to persons of Northeast Indian origin residing in the capital by Delhi Police on Friday.
A Facebook page — Delhi Police for North East Folk —was also launched at the event presented by Robin Hibu, joint commissioner of the Delhi Police and the nodal officer for safety of people from the Northeast.
“I want to tell you that the trigger behind most incidents of crime against you and your community stems not from hatred or malice but ignorance,” joint CP Hibu told a packed crowd of students, working professionals and union leaders from the Northeastern states at central Delhi’s Bal Bhawan.
“If there is actual hatred, we will go after them for you, we will bring them to justice; but as far as bearing the weight of bringing your culture to them is concerned to include them in it, to make them feel that you and they are one and the same people who just speak different languages — you must do so,” Hibu added.
The event was attended by other joint commissioners of Delhi Police and other senior police officials. The chief guest was Deepak Mishra, special commissioner of police (law and order).
The police said they had already designated all its district deputy commissioners of police as the first point of contact for persons of the Northeast in need of help.
In addition, the police said, as many as 53 persons from the Northeast had been designated as representatives or ambassadors from the states to bridge the gap between them and the local police.
Many present at the event raised several concerns and had suggestions for the police. “The special unit for the Northeast should have the power to investigate cases all over Delhi and should have more manpower than it does,” said Longthom Thangam, a student activist.
Another point raised was about recruiting policemen from the respective state capitals of the Northeast Indian states.
“We are taking all these suggestions seriously and will take steps to make them a reality,” said special CP Deepak Mishra.