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A delegation of the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) led by its adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya on Friday met union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and has demanded capital punishment for culprits of racial abuse against the people of the NE region.
They also asked for enactment of a stringent law against racial discrimination and placed a six-point charter of demands. The NESO demands have come in the wake of the killing of the 17 year old Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Taniam in Delhi.
NESO memorandum consisted of the following demands:
(1) Capital punishment to perpetrators of the heinous crime at the earliest.
(2) Stringent action against the police personnel for failure to register case.
(3) Inclusion of the North East – its geographical location, its people, its culture, its ethos etc. – in the syllabus of schools under all State Boards and Central Boards including the CBSE.
(4) At least one Special Police Station should be established for dealing with cases related to racial discrimination and atrocities on NE s people, with a provision that it is manned by police officers from NE states.
(5) Out of thousands of police personnel recruited from Delhi Police, the Govt. of India should make one time recruitment policy for at least 5000 Delhi police personnel in the respective capitals of 8 NE states.
(6) Enactment of a stringent law against racial discrimination as Anti-Racism Act.
NESO leaders comprising of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU) and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) submitted the memorandum to Shinde with the hope that he will be proactive in stopping the racial attack on north east people in Delhi.