The death of Nido Taniam, also spelt as Tania, could have been averted had the staff at the Lajpat Nagar police station seriously dealt with the incident of hate crime on the student.
Taniam lost his life on Thursday evening due to injuries sustained during a clash with a group of men at a sweet shop in Lajpat Nagar Part-I. The men attacked him when he protested the taunts made on his hairstyle on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Taniam’s family, when he and his three friends who were with him and members of the other group were taken to the police station following a PCR call, the policemen insisted on an amicable compromise.
The family has accused the police of forcing Taniam to pay Rs10,000 to the two shopkeepers as compensation for allegedly damaging a glass at their sweet shop, Rajasthan Paneer Bhandar.
"After resolving the matter and making Taniam pay Rs10,000 to the shopkeepers, the police asked both the groups to leave. But when Taniam and his friends were going back to his sister’s house in Green Park, the other group stopped them in a lane in Lajpat Nagar and again thrashed him," said Taniam’s friend who wished not to be named.
Taniam and his friends again went to the police station and the other group was also called there. The police asked Taniam to make a compromise again.
Police, however, said Taniam himself refused to file any complaint against the suspects. "We have detained two shopkeepers, Farhan and Akram. A case of murder has already been registered," a senior officer said.