The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday demanded "immediate action" against two Delhi shopkeepers who allegedly severely thrashed a 19-year-old youth from Arunachal Pradesh leading to his death in New Delhi.
Staging a protest outside Rajghat, Vijay Goel, president of the Delhi BJP, said the party was in solidarity with people from the northeast.
“Such incidents are unfortunate. Students from north-eastern states have been harassed in the past also. This must stop,” Goel said.
Candle light vigils were held in different parts of Delhi to protest Nido Taniam's death.
Inamul Hasan, secretary, Khudai Khidmatgar, criticised the incident terming it against humanity, as they held a march outside Rajghat.
“As Northeastern states are integral part of India, the people in North India and other parts of the country need to understand they are our own brothers and sisters and share the same rights as we do," Hasan said. Similar demonstrations were also held at Jantar Mantar.
“We won't let Nido Taniam's life go in vain. Justice must be delivered and the Delhi government must ensure that no such incident happens against any person from our region,” Talin Riba, a Delhi University student said.
Hundreds of students also protested in Shillong following Taniam’s (also spelt as Tania) death.
Students from Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam and Tripura also joined in the rally in Shillong which was organised by the Arunachal Students Union Shillong (ASUS).
“We want justice. The police in Delhi should immediately arrest the culprits involved in the heinous crime and punish them," said Kakyar Dulom, ASUS president.
A large group of Khasi Students Union activists also joined the rally among other students from the North Eastern Hill University and other colleges in the city.
“Our demand from the Centre is to ensure that such acts of discrimination against the students from the region are not repeated,” Donald Thabah, AKSU leader said.
Taniam was beaten up by two shopkeepers Wednesday in south Delhi's Lajpat Nagar market following a quarrel over his appearance and clothing. He died in a hospital Thursday. Two people were arrested following the incident.