Delhi has become a graveyard for NE people, says MLA

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IMPHAL, July 22: The killing of a Manipuri lad at south Delhi yesterday is not the first incident of harassment of people from the North East in Delhi. The national capital has become a graveyard for the North East India.

This was observed Langthabal MLA Karam Shyam Singh of Lok Jana Shakti Party taking advantage of the zero hour at the end of the first business of the House, today.

The government and the members of the House should not remain silent on the killing of Saloni of Senapati district, but move to Delhi tomorrow itself and stage dharnas, to register condemnation, he said.

“We should not beg to live, living is a right entitled to us by democracy,” he said.

The man killed in south Delhi yesterday has been identified as Salouni Paomei of Karong, Senapati district, deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, who also holds the Home portfolio replied to the MLA’s statement adding that the reply was in the public interest, even though it is not mandatory to reply to issues raised during zero hour.

He said Salouni was returning with two other friends in an Auto three-wheeler to his room in Kotla Mubarakpur, when five persons coming in a car attacked them yelling “Maro Maro.”

He died in the assault, while, his two other companions managed to flee from the scene, Gaikhangam said.

Three of the five assailants have been arrested by the local police and registered a case under FIR no 610/2014 u/s 302/34 IPC, he said.

Gaikhangam also said that top officials of the Union Minister of State (Home) and the police are investigating the scene and as such there is no need as of the moment, for any minister of MLA from the State to rush to the place.

However, if the need for a visit rises, it will be done, he added.

Meanwhile, as Opposition leader Dr I Ibohalbi stood up to place his observation before the House, the Speaker held him back ruling that the zero hour has ended.

However, the MLA overruled the Speaker’s ruling and appealed for a minute as the issue was of public importance and an emergency.

After the Speaker granted him to speak, he urged that the Manipur government take the same steps as the Arunachal Pradesh government did while dealing with the death of one of its own student at the national capital recently.

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