Imphal, July 22: Manipur Assembly today shared the growing concern in the Northeast over frequent attacks on the people from the region in Delhi, with deputy chief minister Gaikhangam cautioning the authorities and residents in the national capital.
“Attacks on the people of the Northeast in Delhi occur frequently. The authorities and Delhi’ites should be cautioned that if such attacks continue there would be more alienation. Such attacks could have serious consequences,” Gaikhangam, who is also the home minister, told the House while giving a statement on the killing of Akha Salouni, 29, in Delhi yesterday.
He said such attacks would take away the sense of belonging and participation from people of the Northeast.
Salouni, who hailed from Tungjoy village of Senapati district of Manipur, was beaten to death by five persons in south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur.
Two Opposition members — Karam Shyam of the Lok Janasakti Party and Irengbam Ibohalbi Singh of the Trinamul Congress — raised the incident in the state Assembly during zero hour.
Expressing concern over the increasing attacks on people from the region, the members demanded a prompt response from the state government by taking up the case with the Delhi administration and the Centre. “The state government should depute a minister to Delhi to monitor the progress of the investigation to ensure that the culprits responsible for the death of Salouni are brought to book,” Ibohalbi Singh said.
Shyam suggested that the people from the region should start avoiding Delhi to escape from such frequent attacks.
Gaikhangam said the government was in constant touch with authorities in Delhi and also monitoring the progress of the investigation. “Delhi police have arrested three persons involved in the killing and are trying to arrest two more accused. We are made to understand that the other two accused would be arrested very soon. The police are working seriously on the case,” he said.
Responding to the demand for sending a minister to Delhi, Gaikhangam said if necessary, he would go to the capital to take up the matter with the Centre and the Delhi administration.
“The House shares the concern of the region over frequent attacks on people from the region. Those living in Delhi must be worried. We would like to reassure all that the Manipur government is taking the matter very seriously,” Gaikhangam said.
Manipur unit of the Naga Peoples Front condemned the killing and demanded deterrent punishment for the culprits.
“Despite repeated assurances, the authorities in Delhi have miserably failed to protect our people. All should join hands against racial discrimination and attacks,” Athuan Abonmai, the general secretary of the party, said.