Nido Tania (c. 1994 – 29 January 2014) was a 20-year old student from Arunachal Pradesh who was murdered in the Lajpat Nagar area of Delhi, triggering widespread protests. Tania was the son of Arunachal Pradesh Congress legislator Nido Pavitra.[1] At the time of his death, he was studying at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar.[2] He was beaten by shopkeepers for resisting.

Background edit

Taniam had reportedly gone to Lajpat Nagar with three friends on Wednesday evening and was looking for an address. Shopkeepers at a sweet shop allegedly began mocking him, challenging his hair and ethnic origin. He died of severe lung and brain injuries from an attack inflicted upon him in a South Delhi market. The accused perpetrators are Farman (22) and Akram (27), who run the Rajasthan Paneer Shop.[3]

Probe edit

The initial post-mortem did not reveal "much injury or aberration". Tissue samples were retained for further examination to help determine the cause of death.[4] Delhi Police registered a case of murder and arrested two men.[2] The Bezbaruah Committee was set up by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the aftermath of this incident to gather information on issues raised by people from Northeast India who live elsewhere in India, especially in metro cities.[5]

Reactions edit

The incident attracted widespread protests and criticism from political parties and activists. Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Dilip Pandey said. "The way police picked him up and then again dropped him to the same spot needs to be looked into".[6]

Senior BJP Leader Arun Jaitley tweeted, "The death of a northeast student in New Delhi after being beaten up is barbaric and condemnable".[6]

Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering alleged that police did not file a complaint initially and said a compromise had been reached between Nido and the accused.[7]

Aftermath edit

In wake of this incident, 7 advocates from northeast were empaneled by Delhi State Legal Services Authority to provide free legal assistance to people from North-East India staying in the national capital.[8][9]

References edit

  1. ^ "Arunachal MLA's son beaten to death; cops detain 3, govt orders magisterial inquiry". Hindustan Times. Delhi. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b IANS. "A Comprehensive Analysis of Death Case of Nido Tania, Son of Arunachal MLA". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Nido Taniam death: Judicial custody for three accused". Zee News. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Arunachal MLA's son 'beaten to death' in Delhi, anger spills over". Times of India. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Bezbaruah Committee submitted its report to Ministry of Home Affairs". Press Information Bureau. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  6. ^ a b IANS. "Student from Arunachal Pradesh beaten to Death in New Delhi". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Police did not file FIR initially in Nido Tania's Case, says minister". Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  8. ^ IANS. "7 Lawyers to give free legal help to North-East People in Delhi". Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  9. ^ Arunachal student’s killing was ‘racist attack’