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Racism probe plea

New Delhi, Feb. 14: The Supreme Court today sought within four weeks the responses of the Centre and states on PILs seeking the formation of a special investigation team to probe alleged racial attacks on northeasterners.

A bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi passed the directive on the two PILs, one by a group of residents and another by an advocate. The residents’ petition alleges racial taunts and attacks because of “physical appearances”.

The PILs come in the wake of attacks on northeasterners, including one blamed for the death of Nido Tania.

“Most of the people from the region who return to their states have one or two tales of horrid, unspeakable and unimaginable proportions where they have been discriminated, taunted, molested, raped and even murdered, all because of their outward appearances,” says the petition.

The PIL said the attacks violated constitutionally guaranteed freedom to reside or to settle in any part of India.