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Hostel for NE students in south Delhi
New Delhi, Nov 3 (IANS)
Published on 4 Nov. 2009 1:37 AM IST
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A hostel for northeastern students will be set up in south Delhi, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Tuesday said and assured the students from the region of full security in the national capital. “No Delhiite should have any feeling of insecurity. We are here to integrate everyone, not to isolate anyone,” she said after a meeting with the office bearers of North Eastern Students Union (NESU). The NESU office bearers along with three member of parliament - Oscar Fernandes, Takom Sanjoy and Thokchom Meniya - met Dikshit at the Delhi secretariat here. Last week, the students from the northeastern states held a protest against the rising crime against their community in Delhi. While there have been several cases of molestation and crimes against the community members, the angry protests were triggered by the murder of a Naga girl a few days ago. Ramchanphy Hongray, 19, was strangulated by her neighbour Pushpum Sinha, a PhD scholar of IIT, in her Munirka home in south Delhi. That time, Dikshit had promised them immediate action to ensure their safety and assured them that the government will “do its best” to check crime against the community. In the meeting , the northeastern students stated that they expect that all Delhiites must continue to behave in good sense with them. Joint Commissioner of Police Ajay Kashyap, who was also present at the meeting, said four officers of assistant commissioners of police (ACP) level have been deployed to take care of issues related to northeastern students. “Four round-the-clock toll free numbers are also functional to provide the facility to the students to inform any untoward incidence, if any, immediately. It has also been decided to intensify patrolling of PCR vans to instill confidence in students,” he said. The chief minister said her government will make all efforts to promote cultural heritage and cultural activities of northeastern states. “In fact, cultural items based on NE folk dances have also been included in extravaganza to be presented during the 2010 Commonwealth Games,” she said. Dikshit exhorted NESU office bearers to avail of great opportunities being provided by her government under different cultural schemes.

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