Nido Taniam died of swelling in brain but autopsy ‘inconclusive’ on death after beating

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Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Taniam died of a swelling in his brain and excess fluid in his lungs says the autopsy report of the 20-year-old who died on Thursday allegedly after being beaten by shopkeepers at a south Delhi market locality.

Doctors, however, say the report has not established whether Nido, the son of an Arunachal Pradesh Congress legislator, died of his injuries after being beaten. A detailed viscera report is expected to provide more conclusive proof, they say.

Nido, who was studying in Jalandhar and was vacationing in Delhi, was attacked on Wednesday at a confectionery shop in Lajpat Nagar, where he and his friends had reportedly stopped to ask for directions.

The student was beaten up with rods and sticks allegedly by a group of men who ridiculed his appearance and his dyed hair. Nido had allegedly broken a glass display case in anger, when he was attacked.

The police say they negotiated a settlement and Nido then went to his sister’s home where he was found dead in his bed the next day.

Nido’s family alleges that he died of his injuries. Northeast groups have been protesting since last week, demanding justice for the young man.

According to the Delhi Police, six people have been booked for assaulting Nido. Three of them have been arrested and two of the other three are juveniles.