`Zero tolerance` of crime against N-E students

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NEW DELHI, May 4: Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday gave an assurance to Rajya Sabha members on the safety and security of students from the northeast, saying he would write to the State governments to ensure “zero tolerance” of crimes against people from that region. He denied any discrimination and racial profiling of the students in any part of the country.

“I wish to state categorically that any citizen belonging to the north-eastern States is free to travel and reside in any part of the country. Governments are obliged to ensure their safety and security and I am confident that all State governments will discharge their constitutional responsibilities to ensure the safety and security of all people residing within that State,” he said.

Mr. Chidambaram was responding to a calling attention notice by Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley in the wake of deaths of two students from the northeast in Gurgaon and Bengaluru.

Mr. Jaitley said, “I call the attention of Home Minister towards issues of racial profiling and discrimination against students of northeast, who go to different parts

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