Hate crimes will not be tolerated: Kiren Rijiju

Gurgaon: In the wake of the assault on two Naga youths here, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju Saturday met a group of students from the northeast and assured that "hate crimes will not be tolerated".

"The government believes India is a democratic nation and such hate crimes will not be tolerated. Our society must not be intolerant, we must exist harmoniously together," Rijiju said, adding the attack was "unacceptable".

He also said the government has decided to have a dedicated helpline and police force to deal with issues of students from the northeastern region.

The Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal Pradesh also said he has also spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the national security advisor and have decided to hold a high level meeting on the matter.

"What steps must be taken to avoid such incidents from taking place in future will be discussed," he said.

The minister met the group two days after two men from the Nagaland, both call centre workers, were beaten up and assaulted by a group of people Wednesday night in Sikanderpur area here near the Mehrauli border.

Aloto Chishi alias Sukoy and Awana alias James said the gang that attacked them shouted racial slurs at them.

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