Nido Taniam’s death: Kejriwal joins protest, assures action

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday joined the Northeast students at Jantar Mantar to protest against the death of Arunachal boy 19-year-old Nido Taniam.

On Monday, Kejriwal had assured a delegation of Northeast students in the capital that he would join their protest for speedy justice for Taniam.

Last Wednesday, Taniam, a B.Sc student at Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, was on his way to a friend’s house in Lajpat Nagar when he got into a scuffle with several men, who commented on his appearance. Taniam was found dead at his relative’s house in Green Park Extension the following day.

Addresing the protesters at Jantar Mantar, Kejriwal hit out at Delhi Police as he said that they ordered majesterial inquiry and the truth will come out in three-four weeks. “Why was an FIR registered two days after Nido’s death? How can Delhi Police conduct independent inquiry when they are among the accused?” asked Kejriwal as he assured that the truth will emerge from the magisterial inquiry in 3-4 weeks.

“Nido’s fight is not for the people of Northeast but for the whole nation. Delhi’s criminal justice system should be fixed to make Delhi a safer place for everyone and for people of Northeast,” the Delhi CM said.

Kejriwal further announced to include the history of Northeast India in the syllabus of Delhi. The Delhi CM also asked the delegation of protesters to form a committee and they will declare it as the official committee of Delhi government. “You give us the suggestions and we will implement it,” he said.

Delhi’s education minister Manish Sisodia said: “From next session Delhi school books will include history of Northeast India. The education department will inform Delhi people about people of Northeast.”

Kejriwal’s move comes a day after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited Jantar Mantar and spoke to demonstrators protesting the death of Taniam.

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