Munirka's RWA 'threatens' NE residents

 Representatives of people from the northeast met police on Monday, alleging that a residents’ welfare association in south Delhi’s Munirka had on Sunday passed an order to house owners to evict people of the community from their rental accommodation there.

The NE representatives, who gathered in Vasant Vihar police station, said the alleged directive by what they termed as “khap panchayat” of Munirka, was a repercussion of the recent rape of a minor girl from Manipur, allegedly by the son of a house owner in the area. They said the accused was a relative of an RWA member.

“Several meetings were held by the RWA after the rape. But during yesterday’s meeting, they passed an order that all people from the northeast would be evicted and others would not be allotted houses,” said a representative who only wanted to be identified as a “concerned citizen”.

Asked from where they received the controversial information, the representatives only mentioned “reliable sources”. 

Some said the order was that people from northeast states should not be seen outside their homes after 11 pm.

However, a meeting between some RWA members and the NE delegation in Vasant Vihar police station later on Monday evening ended the conflict.

The RWA assured that people from the northeast that they will not be harassed or evicted, founder of Manipur Women Gun Survivors’ Network Binalakshmi Nepram said.

Nepram said that the RWA members during Monday’s meeting conceded that “racial profiling” did happen at their Sunday meeting.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) B S Jaiswal told Deccan Herald that people from Munirka have “cleared the confusion” over the issue.

‘Welcome to Munirka’ 

“The RWA members said that it was a routine meeting of the RWA on Sunday and the information sent out were rumours. They said all are welcome to live in Munirka,” Jaiswal said.

Earlier in the day, Nepram tweeted that police had assured “legal action” against any house owner who “forcibly evicts” anyone from the northeast. She later said police took a U-turn by afternoon, and instead blamed them of “spreading rumours”.

“The matter has been solved for now. Police assured us that there will be increased patrolling in the area, and the RWA said there will be no evictions,” Nepram told Deccan Herald.

“More importantly, the RWA will give pamphlets on Tuesday listing the names of association members who should be approached if there is any incident of harassment of northeast people living there,” Nepram said.

Some NE representatives said house owners in the area would not have abided by the alleged khap diktat in any case. 

“The house owners got money from us. We paid as much rent as they demanded. They would never want to lose us,” ex-president of Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (Delhi) J T Tagam said.

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