New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju is likely to write a letter to all northeastern states to encourage their youth to join Delhi Police, sources said.
Considering the increasing number of racial attacks on people from the northeast in the capital, Rijiju has decided to enhance the number of officers from the northeast in Delhi Police.
Rijiju along with home ministry officials will visit the Delhi Police headquarters Tuesday and discuss problems of the northeast people with senior police officers.
He will also discuss the strategy about the induction of more northeast officers in Delhi Police.
“Rijiju is likely to write a letter to all northeast states to encourage their youth to join Delhi Police,” the sources said.
In an exclusive report, IANS had reported in October that only 39 men from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim are serving in Delhi Police.
“Of these, 10 are Indian Police Service (IPS) officers while the rest are in the posts of constable, head constable or inspector,” a police officer who did not wish to be named told IANS.
Following incidents of racial attacks on people from the northeast, Delhi Police set up a special 24×7 helpline number – 1093 – to register complaints.
At least 34 people from the community, including professionals and students, were appointed as helpline representatives and issued identity cards by Delhi Police to work with them.
According to the report by the North East Support Centre and Helpline (NESCH), more than 200,000 people from the northeast are living in the national capital, of whom around 50 percent are females.
“To deal with cases related to around 200,000 northeast people, there is a need to increase the number of northeast police officers. A proposal was also sent to the government in this regard,” a police official told IANS.