ITANAGAR, Aug 8 - In what appears to be a case of racial attack, a 35-year-old man from Arunachal Pradesh, Tage Dule, lost his life after he was thrown out of a moving train in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh, allegedly by unknown miscreants.
The incident happened on the intervening night of August 2 and 3 when Dule, a resident of Ziro, and his cousin were travelling in The Arunachal Express from Delhi to Itanagar.
Dule, who sustained multiple injuries, was admitted to a local hospital in Gonda and later referred to the Shyama Prasad Upadhya Civil Hospital in Lucknow, where he succumbed to his injuries on August 6.
On Tuesday, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who represents Arunachal West in the Lok Sabha, expressed concern over the tragic incident in which the young man from Arunachal Pradesh lost his life due to injuries suffered while travelling by train in Uttar Pradesh.
Rijiju immediately took up the matter with the offices of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and the Railway Minister with a request for investigation into the incident to ascertain the facts and circumstances leading to the death of the youth.
He also sought action against the culprits if there was any malafide intent. He said the probe should ascertain whether the incident is related to discrimination against people of the North East.
Meanwhile, the Liagi Tage Welfare Society, a clan-based group to which the deceased belonged, said that during the course of treatment at the hospital, Dule regained consciousness intermittently and in his dying statement (to the police), he revealed that some unknown person had pushed him out of the train.
Sensing foul play, the Society also pointed out that �there were burn injuries on his body, which seems impossible, considering there was no fire-related incident on the train and burn injuries cannot be caused by a fall from a train. However, due to the severe nature of his head injuries and failing memory, Dule could not tell anything about the burn injuries.�
�We have seen several such incidents where people from the North East lost their lives without any fault of theirs and this is a clear case of discrimination and racism against us by the mainland people, believing they can get away with any crime committed against our people. Therefore, there should be concrete action as per law,� the Society said while demanding exemplary punishment to the culprit(s) involved in the case.
In a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Pema Khandu, the Society requested him to take up the matter with his Uttar Pradesh counterpart to direct the SP concerned to expedite investigation into the case and also nab the culprit(s).
Ziro MLA Tage Taki also wrote to Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal, pleading him to initiate action to find out the culprits and give them exemplary punishment.
�This is not an isolated case, but a part of the continuing discrimination against the people of North East India. It is really sad that our people, who are among the most patriotic Indians, have to face such maltreatment in mainland India,� Taki said.