Nido Tania Case: CBI Files Chargesheet Against Seven
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a chargesheet in the case relating to the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania and charged seven people, including three minors, with culpable homicide not amounting to murder and also invoked SC/ST Atrocities Act against them.
The 19-year-old Arunachal Pradesh student was roughed up by a mob on January 29 in a crowded Lajpat Nagar market in south Delhi after he reacted angrily to a shopkeeper’s racist comments.
“After detailed investigations the agency has concluded that seven people, including three juveniles, were involved in the assault on Nido Tania,” said a Central Bureau of Investigation official.
The offences against four of the accused – Farman, Pawan, Sunder and Sunny Uppal – were related to culpable homicide, illegal confinement and offences under the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act.
“Proceedings against the three juveniles will be carried out by the Juvenile Justice Board,” the official said.
Nido Tania, the son of Congress MLA Nido Pavitra, was thrashed by a mob after a shopkeeper made an obscene comment about Tania’s blond hair and allegedly called him “Chinki”, to which the youth and his friends objected.
Protesting against the racial remark, Tania broke a glass window of a shop leading to a heated argument before the assault from locals.
Tania, a student of BA first year in a private university, was found dead the next day at his residence.
Delhi Police had slapped murder charges against the accused persons under section 302 (murder) of the IPC after the postmortem report revealed that Tania died of injuries on his head and face caused by a blunt object.
The case was later transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation for further probe after the victim’s parents had met Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, demanding speedy justice for Tania.
Tania’s death triggered widespread protests in Delhi from North-East students who demand enactment of an anti-racial discrimination legislation.
The incident also came in for strong condemnation from Parliament and Prime Minister Manomhan Singh had expressed concern saying recurring incidents of violence like the killing of Nido Tania relate to “intolerance and prejudice”.