Distressed over the death of Arunachal youth Nido Thaniam, North-Eastern MLAs on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who asked them to present their views before the new panel constituted to look into their concerns.
“We brought to the PM’s notice several incidents of violence against people of the North-East, like the recent killing of the 19-year-old student and heckling of two Manipuri girls in Delhi,” said Tripura MP Khagen Das after the meeting of the North-east forum of parliamentarians with the PM.
“The Prime Minister told us the incident is most condemnable and a committee has already been formed to look into the issue. He had a detailed discussion with the Home Minister.
He has also requested us to meet the committee to place more views as to how the discrimination can be stopped,” he said.According to the Prime Minister’s office, the PM has asserted that he shared their concerns. “Indians have a right to live with dignity anywhere in India,” Singh said.
Das said the Prime Minister, who is himself a member of the North-east forum of Parliament, has given an assurance that appropriate steps would be taken so that such incidents do not happen in the future.
The meeting took place in the wake of the death of the youth from Arunachal Pradesh, which has generated outrage all over the country.
The leaders recounted cases where the people of the north-east have been targeted -- rape of a Nagaland girl in October 2009 and another Manipuri woman in November 2010. Thereafter, in April 2010, the niece of Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma was found dead in Gurgaon, while 10 Manipuri students were harassed in DU campus in February 2013. The Home Minister has constituted a six-member committee, headed by IAS officer M P Bezbaruah, which will give its report in two months. Former IAS officers H W T Syeim, Allen Temshi Jamir, Tape Bagra and P Bharat Singh will be members of the committee which will have Deputy Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs S Saha as Member Secretary.
The panel, led by Bezbaruah, who is also a member of North-eastern Council, will submit a report within two months after examining the causes behind the attacks and complaints of discrimination against the people from the North-east.
The parliament members also met with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at his residence, where Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was also present.