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Delhi Police have constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the death of Nido Taniam, also spelt as Tania, a student from Arunachal Pradesh who succumbed after being allegedly beaten up by some shopkeepers in New Delhi.
According to the police, the SIT has been constituted under the direct supervision of deputy commissioner of police (South-East) P Karunakaran. Police have already made three arrests in the case.
"We have identified six persons, out of whom two are juveniles, three accused have already been arrested in the case," said a senior police official.
In a statement released on Monday, police claimed Taniam was not left on the spot by the two police officials after bringing him back from police station and that he was not assaulted a second time by the shopkeepers, as alleged by some relatives and friends of Taniam.
"During investigation and videographic analysis, it has emerged that Nido Taniam was brought by PCR Van to the police station from where he was taken for inquiry to the spot by two police officers but he was not assaulted again there.
"He was brought back to the police station by both the police officers and later handed over to a friend of the family Vinod R Bansal and his friend Varun with whom he left the police station," the statement said.
Relatives of Taniam, who was a BA first year student at a private university, alleged he had an altercation with some shopkeepers in Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi on Wednesday after they made fun of his hairstyle, following which they allegedly thrashed him.
"In view of the gravity of the matter, a Medical Board for forensic examination was constituted in AIIMS whose final report is awaited to finalize the investigation," the statement said.
A senior police official said the final post-mortem report from the Medical Board of doctors of AIIMS is awaited. This final report will also take toxicology report from CFSL/CBI into consideration.
Taniam, son of an Arunachal Pradesh Congress MLA, had an altercation on January 29 at around 1:30 PM with some local shopkeepers in Lajpat Nagar. On January 30, at around 5 PM he was brought dead in AIIMS.
A case under section 302 (murder) IPC and 3 of SC/ST Act was registered in this regard, police said.