Shillong, Aug 22: The Chakma Welfare and Cultural Society, Noida (CWCSN), Arunachal Pradesh Chakma Students Union headed by Rup Singh Chakma and Arunachal Pradesh Chakma and Hajong Students Association on Monday submitted a joint memorandum to Home Minister Amit Shah to establish a ‘Special Helpline Number for North East people’ in Noida to address discrimination and acts of violence against the northeastern people there.
The letter comes in the wake of an attack on two persons on August 13. Around 3 pm, Gyana Ranjan Chakma and Nivaran Chakma from the North East were brutally beaten up by their landlord and others with iron rod and bricks. The two work at Salarpur in Noida.
When the victims went to lodge an FIR at Noida police station, they were kept waiting despite their grievous injury. “Finally, the FIR was registered but no action has been taken as on date. The accused are roaming around freely,” said Santosh Baburah Chakma, President of the CWCSN.
“Noida is one of the areas under the National Capital Region where such special helpline for the northeastern people has not been established. A substantial population from the North East is working in Noida. The population of the Chakma community in Noida alone is about 1,000 persons and they face acute discrimination and acts of violence on daily basis,” he added.
The MP Bezbaruah Committee in 2014 had recommended legislative measures, special police initiatives for safety and security of northeastern people living in Delhi, NCR and other parts of the country. Based on the recommendations, special helpline numbers were provided by Delhi and Gurgaon police for assisting people from the North East and nodal officers were appointed to address the grievances.