Cops back northeast people, to host FB

Delhi Police are set to launch a Facebook page and a Twitter account for people from the northeast where they can post complaints and suggestions.

In another move, a 24-hour Delhi Police helpline will be publicised widely on social media.The decision was taken by in the wake of a racist attack on Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Taniam, which led to his death and raised furore among people from the northeast region.

Delhi Police already have a committee formed in 2012 and headed by a Joint Commissioner of Police to tackle problems faced by students and other people from northeastern states living in Delhi. It is currently being headed by Joint Commissioner Robin Hibu, who hails from the region.

“A Facebook and Twitter account of Delhi Police will be launched soon where students from the northeastern region can put forth their grievances and suggestions,” a police officer said. He said the accounts will be monitored regularly by a police team . 

“Delhi Police will take note of the posts and act upon them. We will also post the action taken by Delhi Police on the complaints and suggestions,” he added.Delhi Police will publicise its 24-hour helpline number – 1091 – on the website of the ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER) as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages.

It will also encourage northeast students to pen down their thoughts and experiences on ‘Wattpad’, an online community themed around writing and storytelling where users can post articles and stories.The DoNER ministry has already launched a support centre for students from the northeast following the death of Taniam.

The decision was arrived at after a joint meeting between Delhi Police and officials of DoNER on February 5, said another police official.

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