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Murder case kicks in

Nido Tania

New Delhi, Feb. 10: The post-mortem report of Arunachal student Nido Tania has revealed that he died of severe head and lung injuries, police informed Delhi High Court today.

The court has directed the Centre to submit to it by tomorrow a set of draft guidelines to ensure the safety of people from the Northeast living in Delhi.

“The post-mortem report said there were nine external injuries on the body of the deceased and he died of severe head and lung injuries,” the counsel for Delhi police told a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana.

The police also said the three persons arrested in the case and charged with assault would now face murder charges.

Tania, the 19-year-old son of Arunachal Congress MLA Nido Pavitra, was thrashed by a mob at Lajpat Nagar on January 29 after a row set off by a shopkeeper’s racial taunt.

The bench of Justices Ramana and Rajiv Sahai Endlaw told additional solicitor-general Rajeeve Mehra, who appeared for the Union home ministry: “We cannot close our eyes and say that everything is fine.”

It added: “Mr Mehra, prepare a draft guideline and give that to us tomorrow. Some fear must be there. Please ask the police to do something (an allusion to the rise in hate crimes against people from the Northeast).”

It also asked the home ministry to consider recruiting people from the Northeast to Delhi police, saying such a step would help the victims report their grievances better.

“Once you appoint them in Delhi police, they will help the persons from the Northeast. They speak good English. Already they are feeling neglected, alienated and exploited. It is very dangerous,” the court said.

Additional solicitor-general Siddharth Luthra, appearing for Delhi police, had said he could not get the details of trials of hate crimes against northeasterners as there had been holidays since last Saturday.

“There is no holiday of crime,” the bench said, directing the police to provide details by tomorrow so it could direct the lower courts to “expedite the trial and complete them”.

Fresh attack

Two youths from Manipur were allegedly beaten with sticks by a group of unidentified bike-borne assailants in the Ambedkar Nagar area of south Delhi last night.

Ginkhansuan Naulak, 24, and his cousin Vumsuanmung Naulak, 25, were attacked while returning from a market. They somehow reached AIIMS, where Vumsuanmung was discharged after first aid. Ginkhansuan is undergoing treatment at the hospital’s trauma centre.

Two juveniles were apprehended this evening in connection with the attack, the police said.