IMPHAL, June 11: With the recovery of an unidentified dead body, with features which are similar to a North easterner from near the India Gate, New Delhi on June 9 morning has created panic amongst the North eastern region with fears of racial discrimination, stated an emailed statement of the North East Support Centre & Helpline.
It has further stated that the safety is top most concern for North Easterners in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) and has also appealed for safety concerns for the North East communities and issues safety guideline for new comers in Delhi and NCR.
It has also stated that the whole North East communities living in Delhi and NCR are shocked once again and worried about their safety in national capital as racial attacks on communities continues unabated.
According to the emailed statement, an unidentified young man was found dead near India Gate and the dead body has been kept at the Ram Lohia Manohar Hospital Mortuary.
It also stated that a photograph of the dead person has been put up at the Nagaland House by Naga Students Union, Delhi for public identification.
The safety concern for North Easterners has been expressed by various public figures, it maintained.
Dr. Thokchom Meinya, MP, Manipur has also visited R. L. M. Hospital today and expressed his deep concern regarding the safety of North East communities in the national capital, it added.
Meanwhile, a man belonging to the Vaiphei community from Manipur, working in a BPO company in Gurgaon has also been reported missing from Delhi. He had gone to the Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) to catch a bus for Gourakhpur, Uttar Pradesh to visit his cousins on May 21, 2011. His luggage was found by Delhi police who informed his relatives through a telephone number collected from a dairy found inside the luggage, the statement further stated.
Madhu Chandra, founder director and spokesperson of North East Support Centre & Helpline said, “Delhi has reached utmost concern for safety for North Easterners. Delhi police and government once again need to come up with concrete policy and plan of action to tackle the challenges.” “Manipur Government, in particular, must take up the matter with Central Government about the safety for the communities as most of the victims of racial attack and sexual violence faced are from Manipur state,”.
Taxi and auto drivers target new comers to loot and harass with extra charges. “Over 10,000 new students from North Eastern states come to Delhi annually for admission in various colleges. Most of them carry good amount of money for their college admission and renting houses etc. The perpetrators target these new comers with extra charges and in many occasions the perpetrators loots them,” says Madhu Chandra
The North East Support Centre & Helpline has also issued safety guidelines for newcomers in Delhi.
The centre has also stated that all new comers to Delhi must know that Delhi has become most unsafe for women and particularly North Easterners.
It has further asked all to ensure mature and experience persons to accompany new comers while traveling to Delhi and NCR.
Among others it has also asked all newcomers to ensure mature and experience persons to pick them up from the airport or railway stations. Take your own convene wherever possible otherwise take Pre-paid taxi run by Delhi Police, which are available inside arrival of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. AVOID taking standby Auto Rickshaws and Taxis, it added.
The guideline has also informed all concerned that most of the trains coming from North East India are terminated at Anand Vihar Railway Station, which is after Ghaziabad, UP.
Taxi booking counters will give you two tickets, one for Taxi driver and one for you. Do not forget to keep your copy with you, it further informed.
As soon as you are allotted your taxi, do not forget to note down the Taxi Number and inform your parents back at home and your host in Delhi and NCR, if possible by an SMS.
During your stay in Delhi and NCR, become a part of your student bodies, community welfare associations and your church groups.
It has further informed that Manipur and Nagaland House have started registration of new comers in Delhi. Kindly contact your state house to get more information on safety measurement.