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Candle light protest
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 11 2018: A candle light protest was held at Diphu, Assam today against the controversial death of Pravish Chanam and racial discrimination of people from the North East region at Delhi and other cities of mainland India.

The candle light protest was jointly organised by Karbi Students' Association, All Assam Manipuri Students' Union and Youth Forum for Protection of Human Rights, Karbi Anglong.

Meanwhile demanding justice for Pravish Chanam and in protest against the racial discrimination committed towards the people of North East in mainland India, a sit-in protest was staged at Nongmeibung Bazar in Imphal East today.

The sit-in-protest calling for CBI's intervention into the case and organised by the Nongmeibung Women's Development Meira Paibi Association was also a part of mass movement against the brutality meted towards North East people.

Speaking to The Sangai Express, the association's general secretary Nongmaithem Sobita demanded that the State Government must exert pressure on the UP Government as well as the leaders at the Centre to hand over the case of Pravish Chanam to the CBI.

She said that the real cause of the death of Pravish Chanam can be revealed only when an independent investigating agency like the CBI investigates the case thoroughly.

While lamenting that a police station in Noida claimed to cremate the corpse of Pravish despite a complaint of missing person being lodged at another police station in the city, the general secretary alleged that the conduct of the police personnel in Noida raised doubts whether they were in connivance with wrongdoers and had retrieved the organs of Pravish before cremation to hide the facts behind the murder.

Recent incidents prove that mainland India still considers North East people as inferior kind of people, Nongmaithem Sobita said.

Crimes and discrimination against North East people continue unabated in metro cities although the Governments claim of taking up special measures to prevent such unwanted incidents many a time, she added.


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