October 13, 2015


Union alleges sub-standard school uniforms

ITANAGAR, Oct 12:  The Galo Students Union (GSU) has claimed that the majority of the school uniforms supplied for distribution to various government schools under West Siang district are sub-standard and too small in size for the students of class 1 to 8 to wear.

The union claimed that it found out about this after a joint team of GSU led by its president Binya Ronya along with members of WSDSU and AAPSU led by Jumrik Bagra and Marli Kamki inspected the school uniforms received by DDSE, Aalo for distribution at the store room of GHSS here today.

The GSU also submitted a memorandum to West Siang DC Pige Ligu, demanding immediate stop on distribution as well as recall of uniforms from various schools of the district until actual uniform size of students from respective schools is put forward by the concerned headmaster/principal. Students further said that supplier’s bill should not be cleared till new uniforms are supplied.

Terming the alleged irregularity as wastage of funds which deprives the poor students of school uniforms Ronya further urged the administration to initiate prompt action in this regard.  


Fire swallows two dwelling houses


Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: The dwelling house of North East Students Organisation (NESO) Chief Coordinator Pritam Bhai Sonam was reportedly gutted down in a devastating fire that broke out on Sunday evening at Upper Sinki Park here.

The police source informed that fire broke out around 6: pm.  The source of accident is yet to be ascertained, however, it is believed that short-circuit may have caused it, police added. The fire was so devastating that no personal belongings could be retrieved.  All household items including local beads and cash were reduced to ashes during the accident.

Sonam is currently camping in Delhi on Chakma-Hajong issue. The authority has assessed the damages and likely to submit it to the district administration.  

Meanwhile, in another fire mishap that broke out today around at 3.00 pm at Vivek Vihar here, the dwelling house of one Sonam Yangda was reportedly burnt down.  By the time fire brigade reached the spot, the house was reduced to ashes and no belonging could be saved.


Communities resolve to move forward for peaceful coexistence

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: The Galo and Tagin communities have resolved to maintain mutual harmony for a peaceful coexistence. A joint release from Galo Welfare Society and Tagin Cultural Society stated that the resolution was taken after a peace mission committee consisting of members from both the tribes came to an amicable solution in the aftermath of the incident at Aalo where a house was ransacked after allegations of rape.

The joint resolution also stated of initiating cultural exchanges and treating incidents happening among the members of the two communities at an individual level instead of giving it a communal colour.

Earlier, after prolonged discussions it was decided that the rape case would be left to be dealt with as per the law, while traditional appeasements were made for ransack of the house, added a release.     


ZPC survives no confidence motion

ZIRO Oct 12: No confidence motion moved by a faction of ZPMs against Lower Subansiri District Zilla Parishad Chairperson Hage Kobing failed to oust him in the voting conducted here today at conference hall, Hapoli.

Kobing was alleged by the ZPMs of not maintaining transparency in the activities under Panchayati Raj institute in the district.

Of the 14 ZPMs of the district, only two voted in favour of no-confidence motion and one was found invalid. Vote of no-confidence motion was conducted by the Presiding Officer-cum-Member Secretary and ADC Nending Chatung under tight security.


Changlang district AVP sports meet held

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: A day-long district level Games & Sports Meet for all tribal youths was conducted at Changlang General Ground by Arunachal Vikas Parishad Changlang Unit on Oct 11.

Around 200 players from various circles of Changlang District participated in Volleyball, Long-jump, Shot-put etc in sub-junior, junior and senior categories for both male and female. Nearly, 65 boys and girls have qualified from the district and shall be participating in the state level, stated a release.

  Changlang Anchal Samity, Chairperson, Nongkhi Kamba, attending the concluding function called upon the sportspersons to go for regular practice to present their best in the upcoming state level competition and in national level competitions to be held on Dec 25th to 31st at Ranchi, Jharkhand.


Seminar on ‘Gandhian Movements’ at GCD

DAPORIJO, Oct 12: Government College, Daporijo conducted a departmental seminar of History on ‘Gandhian Movements’ today.

Circle Officer Koj Tacho attended the seminar as resource person and delivered the keynote address on the role of Mahatma Gandhi and relevance of his philosophy.

Principal Dr. Bijay Raji emphasised on the importance of seminar and exhorted the students to inculcate the Gandhian philosophy in their daily life. He also stressed on the need to maintain and uphold the principles of truth and non-violence as envisaged by Gandhi.

Nine papers were presented by the students in the seminar. Gyati Loder, Coordinator and Jeevantu Tikhak, HoD, History also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


‘Mothers’ Vision’ clears dumping ground

AALO, Oct 12: Heaps of debris dumped by the entire dwellers of Aalo township on the left side of the road near Aalo Army Brigade was cleared in a social service conducted recently by the NGO, called, Mothers’ Vision.

Representatives from all households from Hissam Colony participated in the social work and erected fencing around the cleared site. Flower and tree saplings were planted after clearing the entire garbage. The NGO has appealed the people of Aalo  not to throw garbage in the cleared site. DIPRO


Release pending salary: AAPLU

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) in a memorandum to the chief secretary demanded early release of three month’s pending salary of labourers working under Art and Culture, Fishery, Forest and Printing departments. It further claimed that the bonus and arrear of some labourers have not been paid.

The Union warned of launching democratic movement if the demand is not fulfilled at the earliest.


AYO reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Reiterating its demands, the Arunachal Youth Organization (AYO) has served an ultimatum to the chief secretary warning of agitation if the demands are not fulfilled within 10 days.

AYO has been demanding that the DDO power conferred to the various HoDs be shared with a Joint Secretary; HoDs and officers under grade A & B not to be posted at a sub-division or division for more than three years, uniformity in allocation of tender process across the state without partiality and abolition of deputation system.


Grievances remain unattended: AAPWU

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Two days interaction session for the district presidents and general  secretaries of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) concluded here today.

Addressing the participants in the programme, AAPWU secretary general Changma Tajo highlighted various achievements made by the AAPWU during last two years. He, however, lamented that despite repeated submission of memorandums to the state government for early redressal of grievances of labour force of the state, the Govt. is yet to implement the demands of the AAPWU. Some of the important demands of the Union include establishment of separate schools for the children of labourers in every districts, enhancement of pay and wages of organized and unorganized sectors, proper implementation of MACP arrears in favour of work-charge departments, establishment of  Labour Court in the state and appointment of  relatives of labourers under compassionate ground.


Training of staff nurse & ANM

ITANAGAR, Oct 12:  1st batch of two days training of newly recruited staff nurse and ANM on “Baseline Assessment on Core Competency” commenced from today at State Training Centre, NHM office, organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Health Society, Naharlagun. The training will be conducted in three batches till 17th October.

The newly recruited staff nurse  and ANM will be given hands on training on Partograph, Newborn Resuscitation, Insertion of Interval IUCD, Estimation of Haemoglobin and Measurement of blood pressure.

The trainers imparting the training are Kirjum Karga, DD (Nursing Council), Inu Borang, Vice Principal, Nursing School, Naharlagun, Netal Jamoh, Principal, Nursing School, Pasighat, Aruna Chaudhary, Vice Principal, Nursing School, Pasighat and S K Dey, Lab Technician, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun.


APCTA Basar unit calls of stir temporarily

ITANAGAR, Oct 12:  The proposed 'Pen Down Strike' by the Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers' Association (APCTA) Basar unit has been temporarily called off in view of the DDO power delegated to ADC, Basar by the State Government and on his positive verbal assurance.

However, if the salary of August and September months  are not released within a week starting from Oct 18 by the concerned authorities, 'Pen Down Strike' will be carried out as a mark of protest against the unsympathetic approach by the state government, said a release by the APCTA Basar unit.


Society decries erratic power supply

ITANAGAR, Oct 12:  Stating that Tabio village under Leporiang circle is facing erratic power supply, the Leporiang Panchayat Youth Welfare Society (LPYWS) has urged for posting of a regular junior engineer at Leporiang to monitor the situation.

In its representation to the Executive Engineer (E), Sagalee Electrical Division, the Society also demanded that technical as well as field workers should be stationed at Leporiang to maintain the electricity connection in the circle.

It further demanded engagement of casual labourers to look after malfunctioning transformers and a power enquiry office at Leporiang.


Blood donation for Red Cross

ITANAGAR, Oct 12:  North East Student's Welfare Association, (NESWA) Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh organized a blood donation camp in collaboration with Red Cross Society, Gwalior on Oct 11. A total of 35 units of blood have been donated by the members of NESWA, for a humanitarian cause.  

The programme was led by Nabajit Padi, President NESWA in the presence of Dr. S D Sharma (SMO) in charge of Red Cross Society, Gwalior.


DPS Itanagar in regional quiz event

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Abhiraj Palit (Class XI, Science) and Ayush Malik (Class X) studying in Delhi Public School, Itanagar have won the quarter final stage in All-India Inter-School Quiz competition organised by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at Itanagar on October 9.

They will represent Arunachal Pradesh at the Eastern Zonal finals to be held at Kolkata in Nov this year. The National final will be held at Mumbai in December.

Sectary of Education Marniya Ete and General Manager, RBI, Guwahati Abhijit Majumdar were present in the program to encourage the students.


In-service teachers’ training held

DAPORIJO, Oct 12: A refresher in-service teachers training was conducted in all the nine education blocks of Upper Subansiri district from September 13 to October 12.

Conducted under the guidance of DDSE, ST Zara and in active coordination with District Pedagogy Coordinator Taluk Gumja, the resource persons from DIET Daporijo, Dr U C Ishwar and SB Singh provided training on the themes of Quality Monitoring Tools (QMTs), Teaching of EVS, Science  and Mathematics for the teachers not having substantial background knowledge of subjects and Continuous and Comprehensive Evolution (CCE). DIPRO


3 win medals in All India Inter-SAI Boxing Championship

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Three boxers from Arunachal Pradesh representing Sports Authority of India, Special Area Game Centre (SAI SAG), Naharlgun bagged one medal each in the just concluded All India Inter-SAI Boxing Championship at Rohtak, Haryana.

The medal winners were Nanu Sonam (Silver), Ken Natung (Bronze) and Jit Tayang (Silver).


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HC stays MLAs’ resignation

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: The Gauhati High Court has stayed Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker's decision to accept the resignations of two Congress MLAs — Gabriel Denwang Wangsu and Wanglam Sawin.

The Division Bench of the HC, while disposing the case of Gabriel Denwang Wangsu and Wanglam Sawin (petitioners) - vs- Speaker, Nabam Rebia (appellant), also stayed the notification declaring Kanubari and Khonsa East Assembly seats as vacant in its verdict on Wednesday.

It directed the Election Commission of India (ECI) not to go ahead with the plan of holding bye-polls in the two constituencies.

The  Gauhati High Court after considering the whole facts and circumstances of the case, inter-alia, stayed the operation of the impugned notification dated 01-10-2015 vide order dated 07-10-2015.

The Court further observed that prima-facie the requirement of Rule 200 (3) of the Procedure and Conduct of Business and the incorporated proviso to Article 190 (3) (b) of the Constitution do not seem to have been complied and directed the Election Commission not to take any action on the basis of the said notification.

Provisions under Article 190 (3) (b) of the Constitution and Rule 200 (2) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly cast an obligation on the Speaker to make inquiry regarding the voluntariness and genuineness of the resignation letters when the resignation letters are not submitted in person.

“The Speaker had without following the provisions as enshrined in Article 190 (3) (b) of the Constitution and Rule 200 (2) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly had purportedly issued a notification dated 01-10-2015 accepting our resignation and declaring our respective seats to have fallen vacant. The said notification was published in the evening of 05-10-2015 only immediately after submission of our withdrawal letters to the Speaker”, the two legislators observed.



Deru clinch 4 Gold for India in C’wealth Championship


ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Ace weightlifter Jimjang Deru has again made the nation proud by clinching four Gold medals on the first day of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship being held at Pune today. Deru created four Commonwealth records at the event in both Sub-Junior and junior sections, informed Daniel Teli, General Secretary, Arunachal Weightlifting Association.

Taking part in the Snatch section of the competition, Deru had created three consecutive records at a time by lifting 100, 104 and 107 Kgs, and made another record in Clean & Jerk by lifting 140 Kgs. With this achievement, Jimjang Deru becomes the first Indian to attain the feat.

While in the senior section of the Championship, Deru won Silver medal for India.

Secretary General of Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation, Paul Copa and President of Indian Weightlifting Federation, BP Byasya have congratulated Jimjang for this rare achievement.

Further, Army Colonel PS  Cheema, Commandant and Lt. Colonel Sameer Chadury of Army Sports Institute, Pune also congratulated Deru for making the nation proud.  Meanwhile, Sambo Lapung (69 kg) and Lalu Taku will vie in the under 69 kg category tomorrow and while Kojum Taba will try his luck in the 77 Kg category, informed a release.



Arunachalee boy killed in Dehradun road mishap


ITANAGAR, Oct 12: An Arunachalee boy identified as Hajari Chiri(21) was reportedly killed  in a tragic road accident when his motorcycle (Pulsar 180 bearing registration number UK07AN 1615) hit a crane near an ongoing construction site at the highway around 11 PM on Sunday in Dehradun. He was a 3rd Year BSc Forestry student in Dolphin Institute of Biomedical and Natural Science, Dehradun.

 Late Hajari was son of Anil Chiri of Nere Village in East Kameng district. He was also an incumbent president of Dehradun Arunachal Students Union.

The Ballupur Police informed The Arunachal Times that late Hajari was returning from his friends’ place when he met with the accident.  Police further added that 21-year-old died on the  spot after hitting the crane due to chest injury.  Late Hajari was wearing a helmet when he met with the accident.  

Police further disclosed the operator of the crane fled from the scene after accident without informing the police. However, the onlookers informed the police about the accident. By the time, the relatives and other Arunachal students arrived; Hajari had already breathed his last. Infuriated relatives who are also in Dehradun blamed the crane operator for the death of the young boy claiming that  the crane was parked haphazardly leading to his fatal accident. They appealed to the police authority to give exemplary punishment to all those including the operator who are responsible for the road accident.

The Ballupur Police has reportedly arrested the crane operator and detained the crane today.  The body of late Hajari was later handed over to the relatives after post mortem and taken to Delhi this evening to fly back home.



Physical target should commensurate financial target : Mithi

ROING, Oct 12: “Physical target achieved on the ground should commensurate the financial target”, said Mukut Mithi, MP (Rajya Sabha) while attending the 13th Governing Body Meeting of DRDA at Anchal Samiti Hall here today.

Mithi said that the achievement under MGNREGA 2014-15 is very dismal when compared with the target and urged to make some fact finding on it.

He asked the PD DRDA to play a proactive role to find out where the crux of the problem lies due to which there is large difference in budget and achievement, so that it can be properly redressed and bring improvement in the performance.

Mithi also called for rational funding pattern and to use the funds judiciously. He further suggested that the Annual Action Plan should be prepared early and the budget should be dispatched in the beginning of the financial year. ZPC Sipi Elapra Linggi, while chairing over the meeting called upon the members present to cooperate and help find out the lacunae for improving the performance under MGNREGA. She informed that during the year 2014-15, the quantity of CGI sheets has been increased to 60 pieces from 30-40 in the preceding years and good quality CGI sheets were distributed to the beneficiaries under IAY.  

Deputy Commissioner cum Chief Executive Officer DRDA, Ravi Dhawan, suggested the PRI leaders to generate sustainable assets from MGNREGA. He said that the funds should not be kept unutilised.

PD DRDA, Tage Tado while clarifying queries sought the active cooperation from the BDOs for fact finding. He asked the BDOs to carry out intensive tours and monitoring in their respective blocks. He further assured to bring improvement in the performance of the DRDA in Lower Dibang Valley. He also presented the physical and financial achievement of various schemes under DRDA for the year 2014-15 and also presented the Annual Action Plan 2015-16 which was approved by the house. DIPRO



Students trek and bird watch at Pakke Reserve


ITANAGAR, Oct 12: As a part of the 61st National Wildlife Week celebration, students from various schools of Tippi- Bhalukpong area were taken for one-day trekking cum bird watching in the Pakke Tiger Reserve on October 10 last. It was organized by Tippi Wildlife Range Office.

More than 30 students trekked for about 10 kilometers inside the reserve forests.

Award winning range forest officer Kime Rambia explained in detail how the birds, butterflies and other small insects play vital role in pollination of flowers and seed dispersal, which spread and protect the forest.

Later, during the trekking, students spotted and identified various species of Hornbills, Barbets, Drongos, Minivets, Eagle, Bee eaters, Orioles etc with the help of binoculars and field guide books provided by the office.

The programme ended with a pledge by all the participants that they will never consume wild meat and will also discourage others from hunting and consuming wild animals.



Nyibus should raise spiritual discourses

for society’s uplift: Dr. Beda

ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Secretary Tourism Dr. Joram Beda urged Nyibus/priests to not limit themselves to physical healing but raise the spiritual discourses, guidance for uplift of society.

He was addressing the inaugural function of a priest convention, which was inaugurated by RGU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Tamo Mibang at Bharat Scout & Guide Centre, Naharlagun on Saturday.

We have to institutionalize our religious sects and priest community and document the rich heritage of folk tales and songs, Dr. Beda said adding that a research institution will also be established by IFCSAP.  He further suggested stopping of animal sacrifice.

Prof. Tamo Mibang, described the priest convention as milestone in the history of the state and said that the social life of the state revolves around the priest community. He said that Donyi-Poloism is not worshipping the celestial bodies like the Sun and the Moon but is beyond the supreme creature of the universe, seen and unseen world. He further suggested giving a uniform nomenclature for the prayer hall. Prof. Mibang later launched the website of IFCSAP (www.ifcsap.com) on the occasion.

IFCSAP vice president (HQ.), Gichik Taaza spoke about the history of various priest associations; importance of indigenous faith and role of priest; community organization and priest and stressed on the need to discuss modifications and rectification of traditional practices; indigenous prayer halls and role of priest; welfare activities for priest community etc.

Apart from IFCSAP president Dr. Ligu Tacho, CABE member and President Vivekananda Kendra, Arunachal Pradesh, Dr. Joram Begi, founder president Dr. Tai Nyori, secretary general Bai Taba and  president priest wing Tama Mindo, a large number of devotees of Kargu Gamgi, and Meder Nello, Naharlagun also attended the programme.

A two-day technical session also commenced on the occasion wherein topics like; reason behind conversion; in ritualistic view, the role of priest in protection, promotion and preservation of indigenous faith, participation of priest in protection of indigenous prayer hall and welfare activities for priest community will be discussed.



2nd State Boxing Championship ends

West Siang, Kra Daadi win senior men’s

and Sub-Jr. Boys titles


West Siang Team


Kra Daadi Sub-Jr. Boys Team


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ITANAGAR, Oct 12: West Siang won the men’s senior championship title in the Second State Level Boxing Championship which concluded at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.  

The West Siang team bagged two Gold and as many Silver medals in a highly competitive senior men’s championship where no team could win two gold medals barring the champion team and Kra Daadi.

Kogan Potom (West Siang), a student of Gorkha Training Centre, Shillong, beat Hammar Wai of East Kameng in senior men’s 52 kg category to win gold. The second gold medal for West Siang was bagged by Tenden Meiti in 69 kg category. He defeated Bamang Tanying of Kra Daadi. Gumin Gara and Robert Digam won a Bronze medal each for West Siang.

wp987ee40d.png Kra Daadi finished second in men’s senior category with two Gold and one Bronze medal.

Dari Laknia and Sanjay Techi Tara bagged one gold medal each for Kra Daadi in the senior men’s category.

Veteran boxer Laknia out boxed Jemes Mawia of West Kameng in 60 kg category while Sanjay had walkover against Tarh Lucky to win the Gold in 81 kg category.

One of the state’s promising boxers Karling Natung from East Kameng defeated another promising boxer Aadu Milli of Dibang Valley in men’s 56 kg category to win Gold.

Papum Pare won one Gold, four Silver and one Bronze, East Kameng won one Gold, one Silver, Upper Subansiri bagged one Gold and one Bronze. West Kameng bagged one Gold and one Silver, Longding bagged one Bronze, Boxing Capital Complex bagged three Bronze, Kurung Kumey bagged five Bronze and Tirap and Dibang Valley bagged one Silver medal each in Senior Men’s category.

The Sub-Junior Boys Championship title was won by Kra Daadi. The champion team won eight medals--four Gold and as many Bronze.

Upper Subansiri finished runners up in this category with three Gold and five Silver medals.

Techi Bida of Papum Pare, who beat Ghanshyam Chettry to win Gold in senior men’s 49 kg category, was declared Best Boxer (in Senior Men’s category).

Dolang Sonam of Kra Daadi was declared ‘Best Boxer’ in Sub-Junior Boys category while Yadum Baja of Upper Subansiri was declared Best senior Women Boxer of the championship.

All the medal winners were awarded medals and certificates.

Women’s boxing was introduced for the first time in the state level championship this time.

Superintending Engineer (PWD) Techi Ratu, Director (Youth Affairs) DK Dinglow, Assistant Director (Youth Affairs) Ramesh Linggi, Director Sports Tadar Appa and Assistant Director (Sports) Mala Linggi, Senior Medical Officer of ASH, MD Physical and Rehabilitation,  Dr. Minggam Pertin, officials from Arunachal State Badminton Association Kalyan Dutta, Penya Bagra were present, among others, on the concluding day, and witnessed most of the final bouts.

Meanwhile, the officials from the 58th Gorkha Training Centre (GTC) of Army Boys Sports Company, Shillong, have short-listed four budding boxers during the championship. They are Gollo Taru of Papum Pare, Dolong Sonam of Kra Daadi, Dobiam Don and Kojeem Tameem both from Upper Subansiri. They will have to undergo the selection trial for enrollment in the GTC.



East Kameng Veteran Football Championship begins

SEPPA, Oct 12: East Kameng Veteran Football Championship organised by the East Kameng Football Association (EKFA) began at General Ground, Seppa on Oct 11.

Secretary Sports & Youth Affairs, Dani Salu attending the opening ceremony briefed on the provisions of the state sports policy. There are cash incentives and prizes for the achievers in sport events at national and international level with 10% job reservation in police departments and 5% in other departments, he informed.

DC Sandeep Kumar Singh speaking on the occasion said that winning is important but participation is more important to make the tournament a success. He urged the players to abide by the pledge and follow the decision of referee and maintain spirit of the game.

The inaugural match was played between DC-XI and Pappu-XI in which the former won by 3-0 goals. Samo Flago, Rajesh Neri and Tanio Cheda scored one goal each for DC-XI. DIPRO



Sanitation campaigns reach remote Jengging villages

YINGKIONG, Oct 12: As a part of National Sanitation Campaign from Sept 25 to October 11 under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), the PHE & WS Division, Yingkiong conducted mass sanitation awareness camps at Moying, Bomdo  and Janbo villages under Jengging block recently.

The awareness camp in these villages comprised of mass sanitation rallies, social services, hand washing training, essay and painting competitions and interpersonal communication. The camp was attended by the PRI members, Goan burahs, public, teachers and students of Govt schools.

These camps were conducted to create mass awareness among the rural populace for constructing sanitary toilets in every household, promoting cleanliness and hygiene to improve the health and hygiene status, elimination of open defecation, the importance of hand washing in daily life, the necessity to save water and safe drinking water and solid and liquid waste management for cleanliness in rural areas.

Nikita Panggam, CO Jengging participated in the sanitation camp at Janbo village wherein she asked the villagers to construct sanitary toilets in every household and maintain cleanliness in the village.

The incentives to households with sanitary toilets were also paid during the awareness camp by the department. The department also donated drinking water filters to Moying and Janbo ME schools during the camp. The awareness camp was conducted under the supervision of Er. Binga Gara, AE along with his PHED officials. DIPRO



"Dadri lynching 'serious' violation of human rights"

New Delhi, Oct 12 : National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today described the killing of a man in Dadri area of west UP last month as "serious" violation of human rights but expressed inability to take any action, saying the matter was already with the Minority Commission.

The Acting Chairperson of the NHRC, Justice Cyriac Joseph, said that the panel had no jurisdiction to take cognisance of violation of human rights if another Commission has taken note of it.

"Dadri incident is a very serious violation of human rights and some complaints have come to us. But, under the statute, we have no jurisdiction to take cognisance of violation of human rights if already another Commission has taken note of it.

"This is the restriction of the statute imposed on us.

However, Justice Joseph said he was exploring the possibility of doing "something" in the matter.

"As Minority Commission is dealing with the case, we cannot proceed with it, however, we are examining it and also exploring the possibility of doing something in the matter," Justice Joseph said at 22nd Foundation Day of NHRC today.

Section 36 (1) of the Act states that the Commission shall not enquire into any matter which is pending before a National Commission, State commission or any other Commission duly constituted under any law.

On the issue of beef ban leading to serious law and order situation, Justice Joseph said even though the Commission has not formed its stand on the "complex issue", it is bound to protect the "citizens' right to food of their choice."

"We have a democracy here and all those who are involved in the democratic life of this country, be it the political parties, the law enforcement agencies or judiciary etc, everyone should be concerned," he said. PTI


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