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CBI to probe Nido murder

- Manipuri youth stabbed, cops say not ‘hate crime’
Nido Tania

New Delhi, Feb. 11: The Nido Tania murder case was today handed over to the CBI but Delhi witnessed a fresh attack on a young Northeast man, stabbed in what police said was a robbery and not a hate crime.

Manipuri NGO worker Khup Sian Gen, 22, was returning home around 3.30am when he was knifed in the abdomen and robbed of his mobile phone and wallet in Mehrauli.

Left unconscious by the attack, he was “stable” tonight after surgery, a hospital said. Four juveniles have been detained.

Government sources said the transfer of the Tania case to the CBI was partly a way of taking the burden off Delhi police, who have been under pressure from local groups proclaiming the innocence of the six men arrested.

Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde ordered the agency probe after Tania’s father, an Arunachal Congress MLA, met him along with Tania’s mother and other family members. The delegation later met Rahul Gandhi too.

In a memorandum to Shinde, Pavitra demanded the death sentence for the killers and action against errant policemen.

Tania, 19, was beaten up by a mob on January 29 after a row triggered by a shopkeeper’s racial taunt and, his autopsy report says, died of his injuries. The local police are accused of forcing him to pay Rs 10,000 to a shopkeeper for allegedly breaking a glass window and then leaving him at the mob’s mercy.

Since then, a Manipuri girl has been raped on Friday night and two young Manipuri men beaten with sticks in Ambedkar Nagar on Sunday. Manipur governor V.K. Duggal met Shinde today and is believed to have discussed the continuing attacks.

Khup Sian Gen’s stabbing was “a case of robbery and was not racially motivated”, claimed deputy commissioner B.D Jaiswal. PTI said a case had been registered for attempted murder, robbery and causing hurt.

House woes

A few days ago, Parliament briefly condemned the continuing hate crimes against people from the Northeast but since then, its chaotic Houses have resisted all attempts to discuss the subject.

Every day, the presiding officers have allowed MPs to raise the matter only for the uproar over other issues to drown their voices out.

Still, Manipur Lok Sabha MP Thokchom Meinya (Congress) and Rajya Sabha member Birendra Prasad Baishya (Asom Gana Parishad) put their views on record today amid the din in their Houses.

Meinya said that even MPs from the region sometimes had to identify themselves as Indians.

“Even after I show my identity card, our security brothers, sometimes, do not appear convinced,” he said, asking members to imagine the plight of ordinary citizens from the region.

He said public figures like him “have to tolerate” this but such stoicism was difficult for young adults to practice. He urged the Centre to chalk out a long-term strategy to deal with “racial profiling”.

Before Meinya could finish, Speaker Meira Kumar had to adjourn the Lok Sabha because of disruptions.

Earlier, in the upper House, Baishya had advocated a judicial commission to look into the problem and demanded death for Tania’s killers.

Last week, the home ministry had set up a six-member committee of retired bureaucrats but the students and MPs from the Northeast want a judicial commission.

As Baishya spoke, AIADMK member V. Maitreyan was tearing official papers, demanding a discussion on the safety of Tamil Nadu fishermen. A group of Telugu Desam and Congress members shouted slogans and displayed banners opposing the division of Andhra Pradesh.