NEW DELHI, Feb 16 � Concerned over growing incidents of crime against people hailing from the north eastern region, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called upon the Delhi Police to focus on providing security to people from the region.
Addressing the 68th Raising Day function of Delhi Police here today, the Union Home Minister said people from the NE region should not feel alienated in the national capital.
The national capital has the dubious distinction of being ahead of the rest of the country in �racial discrimination� against people from the North-east, including Assam, the Bezbaruah Committee had said.
Taking a grim view of the report of the 11-member panel headed by MP Bezbaruah, a Delhi High Court bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini, had asked the Union Home Ministry to file an action taken report.
The committee, which had submitted its 80-page report to the Ministry last July, was set up after 19-year-old Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania was killed in an alleged racial attack in Lajpat Nagar locality here last year.
According to the report, over two lakh people have migrated to Delhi from the North-east between 2005 and 2013, and about 86 per cent of them have faced some form of racial discrimination.
�I am aware of the challenges facing Delhi Police; providing security to a diverse city like Delhi is an extremely difficult task. In spite of all these challenges Delhi Police�s performance has been excellent,� Rajnath Singh, meanwhile, said.
Citing women�s safety as another major concern, Singh said the Centre has also asked all state governments to constitute investigative units on crimes against women, which will investigate crimes like rape.
The Union Home Minister asked Delhi Police to work in close cooperation with the new state government in Delhi for development of the national capital. He remarked that development of the states is imperative to the development of the nation.
Minister Singh advised the Delhi Police to give protection to the vast majority of poor people. �Police should be sensitive to the right to livelihood of the street vendors, rickshaw-pullers and small traders and strive to win their blessings.�
Commenting on the security of minorities, the Union Home Minister assured that the Centre and the Delhi Police would cooperate to ensure security of the minorities and their religious institutions. He said the Centre had recently constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the 1984 riots. He said he was confident that now justice would be done to those affected in the riots.