'Khap' eviction threat: NE tenants meet Delhi Police

  • Digambar Patowary, Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Guwahati
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2014 11:46 IST
People-from-northeastern-states-holding-a-protest-in-Bengaluru-and-shouting-slogans-against-racism-and-beating-up-and-killing-of-a-student-Nido-Taniam-in-New-Delhi-PTI-Photo

Little over a fortnight after the death of Nido Taniam, students and activists from the Northeast in Delhi met police officials on Monday after a 'khap panchayat' in South Delhi’s Munirka area allegedly threatened to evict tenants from Northeastern states.

Taniam, a 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh, was beaten up by a group of men in South Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar on January 29 after an argument broke out between him and a shopkeeper over the colour of his hair and appearance. Soon after Taniam’s death, there was another incident, wherein a 14-year-old girl from Manipur was forcibly grabbed and allegedly raped by her landlord's son, also in Munirka.

Read: Dial 1093 against racism: Delhi Police helpline for people from north east

Read: North easterners face a lingering sense of fear and insecurity

"The khap panchayat in Munirka, south Delhi, at a meeting on Sunday took a decision to force people from the Northeast to leave the area," tweeted Manipuri activist Binalakshmi Nepram.

Confirming this, a senior police official said, "People from the Northeast met us and we assured them of every help. But no one has lodged a complaint regarding this."

Police, however, claimed it was not a khap panchayat but a Residents' Welfare Association meet that had issued the order.

Read: Never faced discrimination, says 1st Lt Gen from NE

Umbrella organisation of all major students' bodies of Northeastern states, the North East Students' Organisation (NESO) has appealed against the decision.

"The decision is unfortunate. We feel hurt. At the same time we appeal to them to play the role of guardians to our students," said Samujjal Bhattacharya, adviser of NESO.

"The government in Delhi should take measures for the security and safety of students from the North East in the Capital,” he added.

Read more

I sometimes feel dead because of racism in Delhi: African nation citizen

Modi says he wants 1,600 policewomen from North East for Gujarat

(With IANS inputs)

From Around the Web
Sponsored by Revcontent

also read

From panchayat to director’s chair, she champions the cause of education
Show comments

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Chrome and Ad BlockPlus users

1.Press the ‘ABP’ icon in your toolbar at top right of this page

2. Click on ‘Enabled on this site’; this should now change to ‘Disabled on this site’


chrome



For Chrome and Ad Block users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Don’t run on pages on this domain’ and then click ‘exclude’ on the pop up


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Mozilla and AdBlock Plus (ABP) users

1.Press the ‘ABP’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Disable on hindustantimes.com’


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Internet Explorer and AdBlock Plus users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock Plus’ icon in your status bar at the bottom of the screen

2.Select the option ‘Disable on hindustantimes.com’


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Safari and AdBlock users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Don't run pages on this domain’ and then click 'exclude'


chrome