Under fire over the repeated attacks in New Delhi on people from the Northeast, Delhi Police on Saturday announced a slew of steps, including setting up of a new unit and a helpline number to address any grievance faced by them.

“We have decided to start a helpline for the Northeast people and this number will be 1093. There will be five lines of this number in the control room,” said Delhi Police Commissioner B. S. Bassi. “Apart from calling 100, any person from the Northeast who is facing a grievance can also contact the police on 1093,” he said.

These measures were taken as after the unfortunate death of Nido Tania, there was a sense of concern in everybody’s hearts, he said. The Delhi High Court had also directed police in this regard. “Apart from this we have also constituted a Special Cell to address policing issues. This cell will operate from Nanakpura and our officer, Kime Kaming who hails from the Northeastern part of the country and is currently DCP fourth battalion, will supervise the new unit. He will be working under the close supervision of Joint Commissioner Robin Hibu, who is our Chief Coordinator,” he said.

The objective of forming this cell is to coordinate the efforts of Delhi Police to ensure safety of all vulnerable people who come from the Northeastern part of the country, he said. Earlier Delhi police had 7 nodal officers to address the issues of people hailing from Northeast. Now it has been decided that all district DCPs will be nodal officers who will maintain close contacts with various Northeastern groups and associations and also deal with issues which may crop up with any individual. Police has also identified certain pockets like Munirka parts of Dwarka where people from Northeast mostly reside. Mr.Bassi said that special preventive policing will be ensured in these areas from now on.

The Police Commissioner also took the opportunity to assure the people of Northeast of their safety in the national capital. “I would also like to reassure those from the Northeastern part of the country that Delhi Police is committed to ensure safety of all vulnerable groups, particularly those who come from Northeast, women, children, senior citizens etc,” he said. He also informed that on similar lines, a special cell and a helpline number has also been set up for foreign nationals. “We have also set up a Special Cell which will address any grievance of foreign nationals. The chief coordinator of this cell will be Joint Commissioner Mukesh Meena. 1098 — and cell phone number — 08750871111 — can be contacted by any foreigner who has a grievance. Any policing issue pertaining to foreigners can be redressed here,” he said. The Commissioner also said that the Delhi police has taken “determined steps” towards non-registration of crime and the results have been very encouraging.

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