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Delhi police stop harassing northeast people: High court

New Delhi, Thu, 29 Mar 2012 NI Wire

The Delhi high court has directed the Delhi Police to abstain from harassing the northeast and Ladakhi people due to their similarity of faces with the Tibetan who are protesting against the Chinese president Hu Jintao presence in Delhi for BRICS summit.

A division bench of acting chief justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw directed the city police to shift the Tibetans from Tihar jail and police station to Ambedkar Bhawan where more than 200 people have been detained by the police for being Tibetan protesters.

It is noted that it has been alleged that Delhi Police has been harassing northeast and Ladakhi people due to their similarity with the Tibetan who are protesting against Chinese President Hu Jintao. Advocate Arun Asthana has brought to the court notice this fact after which court has taken the cognisance of the matter. He has alleged that Delhi Police has made the life of such people miserable for the last two days and it is the violation of their personal liberty.

Delhi Police told the court that an order of the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) passed March 27 under the Foreigners' Act to detain Tibetans who did not have genuine identity proof and were involved in the protest. Police said that all the 197 people who have been kept at Ambedkar Bhawan till March 30 due to International BRICS summit and after they will be allowed to go free.

(With inputs from IANS)

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