Arunachal MLA's son beaten to death

Arunachal MLA's son beaten to death

The 18-year-old son of Nido Pavitra, a Congress MLA from Aruna­chal Pradesh, succu­mbed to his injuries on Thursday, after he was allegedly beaten by a group of  shopkeepers in south-east Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar on Wednesday.

Though the post-mortem conducted at AIIMS on Friday found no external injuries, his viscera has been preserved for further tests, said P Karunakaran, deputy commissioner of police (south-east).

A police officer said internal injuries appear to be the cause of the death. Three persons have been detained in this connection.

On a 10-day vacation in Delhi, Nido Taniam had gone to the area with two of his friends in search of his other friends in the neighbourhood. Even as he entered a confectionary shop to ask for directions, some shopkeepers there allegedly made racist remarks.

Taniam asked them to apologise, following which an argument began. In the course of the argument, Taniam allegedly broke the glass windows of a shop, leading to escalation in the fight. Taniam’s friends also received some blows in the attack. Local residents said the police reached the spot and arrived at a “compromise” under which Taniam was allegedly told to pay Rs 10,000 as damages to a shopkeeper.

“After the compromise, the police took Taniam to Lajpat Nagar Police Station. After he explained to them the hurry he was in, they dropped him back to the same spot,” alleged writer Binalakshmi Nepram. The shopkeepers beat him up after he returned. He was found dead the next morning.

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