FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itanagar, January 22: With the objective to fight for injustice, particularly related to racial discrimition against the people of North East in any part of the country including that of Nido Tania, North East Justice Forum (NEJF) was formed at New Delhi yesterday.
19–year–old Tania, a BA first year student in a private university in Delhi, was a victim of racial discrimition at Lajpat gar market on January 29 last year who succumbed to death a day later. The eight–member NEJF interim committee headed by former Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, Tania’s father Nido Pavitra and Taba Doni as chairman, vice chairman and general secretary respectively, took serious exception to the CBI’s recommendation on the basis of which the trail court had dropped the charges under the ST/SC Act from the FIR thereby weakening the case further, Sanjoy said in a statement here today.
It may be recalled here that the Delhi High Court on January 9 last had sought a response from the CBI on a plea filed by Pavitra in this regard.
Justice Manmohan Singh had issued notice to four adult accused Farman, Pawan, Sunder Singh and Sunny Uppal, seeking their reply on Tania’s father Nido Pavitra’s plea against the trial court’s decision to drop charges under the SC/ST Act against the culprits.
"The reply should be filed within two weeks," the court had said before listing the matter for further hearing on April 22 next.
Moreover, the committee also reviewed the Bezbaruah Committee recommendations and its implementation by the Centre in toto.
The Home Ministry on January 2 last had announced that it was working to implement the recommendations of the Bezbaruah Committee, which was constituted to look into the concerns of the North East people.
"We constituted a committee to look into concerns of people from North East and see what measures and remedies can be done by government. The Bezbaruah Committee’s recommendations include, some immediate and some long term measures," Union Home Minister Rajth Singh had said.
Delhi Police will appoint 20 police personnel from each NE state and police exchange programmes will also be initiated, the victims will get compensation and fincial assistance under the Delhi Victim Compensation Scheme, 2011 and a Delhi State Legal Service Authority has been constituted to provide legal assistance as per the committee’s recommendations, Singh had added. The meeting also decided to commemorate Tania’s first death anniversary as martyr’s day either at Jatar Mantar or Central Park or Conught Place involving all sections of people including the NE communities living in Delhi, the statement added.