Instead of Hospital, Arunachal Police takes injured to Police Station
Students demand justice for deceased
while Admin declares 144 Cr PC
ITANAGAR, July 15: Perhaps this is for the first time in the world that an accident
victim is taken to a Police Station instead of a hospital. A good two hours later,
Police took him to the hospital. The versions vary, but the fact remains that instead
of medical attention, Jumchi (Tachi) Nguso was subjected to Police attention. He
is dead and no one is willing to take the responsibility.
35 years old Jumchi (Tachi) Nguso, a father of four children, was hit by a gypsy
(AR01D 0251) belonging to the CM’s Security Cell early morning at around 4.30 AM
today at Papu Nallah. The officer in the gypsy, SR Pait called up the Naharlagun
Police Station and SI Suresh Singh reached the spot. Instead of taking the injured
to the Hospital, the officers took him to the Police Station, all in the name of
official formalities. After doing the formalities Jumchi was taken to Naharlagun
General Hospital at around 6.30. He reportedly died at 7.30 AM. An employee of Arunachal
Pradesh State Transport, Nguso was on his way to the bus stand when the tragedy unfolded.
The Police are not yet ready to accept that they delayed in taking Nguso to the hospital.
They have branded him mentally unstable who tried to commit suicide by jumping into
the vehicle that hit him.
What is perplexing is that alleged mentally disturbed was allowed to serve in a govt
department and Police instead of being more humane, took him to the Hospital, a good
two hours later after the accident. Sources said that Nguso was brought to the Hospital
with his hands tied. The marks on his hands proved it all.
Angry at the action or rather inaction by the Police in saving a life, led by All
Arunachal Pradesh Students Union, student Unions irrespective of tribal affiliation
today took the body after postmortem, to the Police station in the afternoon. They
unsuccessfully tried to bury the body at the premises of the Police station when
Forces was called in. The forces resorted to using tear gas and lathi charge to disperse
the agitating students and public.
All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employee Welfare Association (AAPSTEWA) president,
Tai Tarak expressed doubt over the police version of death of a member. The association
claimed that the injury caused by the hit of vehicle could not be the reason for
Nguso’s death as the noticeable wounds were minor. The union further said that instead
of taking him to hospital for first aid after that accident, the police personnel
took him to the police station ignoring nearby hospitals.
BTM hospital and Niba clinic are less than five minutes drive from the area of accident.
The association demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the incident
and their subsequent termination.
Tapak N Lendo, a relative of the deceased said that it was not an accident but a
“He was brutally tortured for two hours by the police personnel in the police station.
Instead of taking him to the hospital for the treatment or first aid, they took him
to the police station directly and none of his relative was informed about the accident
and detention, Nguso said.
Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) led by its President Takam Tatung, All Nyishi
Students’ Union (ANSU) President Niglar Veo, Papum Pare District Students’ Union,
Galo Students’ Union (GSU), Yago Bango Welfare Society, Itanagar, All Maro Baririjo
Area Students’ Union, Upper Subansiri Galo Students’ Union, Hirik-Hiru Students’
Union, Kamba, Basar Area Students’ Union, Ramle-Bango Students’ Union, Kargu-Kardi
Students’ Union, West Siang District Students Union, Lendo Ao Welfare Association,
Rajiv Gandhi University Galo Students Union and various other organizations in their
joint statement have demanded an immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the
incident and subsequent termination from service. They also demanded the state government
to immediately compensate the wife and four children of deceased.
In a hastily arranged press conference, the All Arunachal Pradesh Student’s Union
(AAPSU) along with All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU), Galo Students Union (GSU), Arunachal
Law Students Union (ALSU), All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) and others
condemned the third-degree method adopted by police personnel which consequently
led to the death of Nguso. Reacting to the incident, the apex students’ body demanded
the government to immediately terminate SDPO BS Mehra, officer incharge LR Rana,
Investigating Officer Suresh Singh and the driver and IRBn personnel including SR
It served an ultimatum of a day to the government to take a decision failing which
it warned of launching a 24-hour statewide bandh on July 19 next. The group of student
bodies added that it will demand Chief Minister’s and Home Minister’s resignation
after the bandh call if their demand is not fulfilled.
President AAPSU Takam Tatung termed the incident as the failure of law and order
machinery in the state. Demanding exemplary punishment to the police personnel involved
in the incident, he termed them as, ‘vardiwala goonda’, who have been involved in
extortions and Dadaism. He further added that the police failure can be gauged from
the Dohu Raju murder incident. It’s been two months and the police is yet nab the
culprits, he said.
President ANSU Niglar Veo while terming the incident as unfortunate said that many
such cases go unreported. He appealed intellectuals, NGOs and citizens to come together
and fight for justice. Niglar said the incident was a gross-violation of human rights
as no law permit to take away the life of its citizens. He said law enforcing agents
which instead of saving life and property are indulging in taking life of common
citizens. General Secretary AAPSU Tujum Poyom, while lamenting at the incident said
Arunachal Pradesh Police is misusing the power vested on them. He added that home
minister is behind the police’s misusing power as he has given them a free hand.
He demanded the government to highlight the action taken in the local dailies.
President ALSU PL Murtem and President APPDSU Nabam John and GSU President Goken
Basar echoed the same sentiment and resolved to fight against police atrocities while
maintaining that police excesses have reached its zenith in the state.
Meanwhile, a late night report added that body which was kept at the Police station
by the agitators was later handed over to the family members.
The City administration has declared orders under section 144 Cr PC.
Workers Board hands out medical benefit
ITANAGAR, July 15: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare
Board (APB&OCWWB) has handed out Rs 5,000 in cash to Moniram Langneh, a casual mate
worker from Poma village as a medical benefit. He is the first to get the benefit
Langneh is the first registered worker from the state to receive the first welfare
benefits from the Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare
Board. He is undergoing treatment at Ramakrishna Mission Hospital since last one
year. Chairman APB & OCWWB Jalley Sonam gave the money in presence of General Secretary
AAPWU Changma Tajo and Secretary R.K.Mission Hospital.
Sonam has rigorously campaigned in labour concentrated areas of East Kameng, West
Kameng and Tawang to get registered with the Welfare Board so as to avail benefits
from the board.
Water supply line damaged
ITANAGAR, July 15: Due to torrential rain since few days, the main water supply lines
feeding Itanagar Township and Nirjuli Township have been damaged. The pipeline to
Itanagar was damaged by landslide yesterday triggered by an accumulated huge mass
of mud and boulders due to excavation of earth by the nearby dwellers while Nirjuli
was because of landslide. The restoration work is in progress which shall take 2-3
days, informed Executive Engineer Er. Tadar Mangku.
He informed that water supply tanker shall be put in to service mitigate the shortfalls.
Seppa gets its first Super Market
SEPPA, July 15: Much to the delight of people of the East Kameng district, the
first super market was inaugurated today by town MLA Tapuk Taku amidst applauds from
the people. With this Taku fulfills his promise made during the last assembly election
to give a super market in the township.
The market was much needed one for the people of the district as the district hasn’t
had any designated market so far. Due to this, the markets were managed in a haphazard
way and had bulk of shares in spreading the unhygienic air in the district thereby
causing various kind of disease. With the establishment of the super market it would
not only improve market atmosphere but to a great extent would check the leakage
of revenue to the govt. exchequer. The market has three separate section viz -- vegetable,
meats and shopping complex. The construction of market was approved in the year 2004-05
under Integrated Development of Small and Medium Township (IDSMT) at an estimated
cost of 28 lakh.
The market has a shopping complex with 20 rooms from which more than Rs 20000 revenue
is expected every month. The market would be operational within 15 days.
Shopping Complex was a permanent asset of the district, Taku said and stressed
on proper maintenance of it. He further informed that a Police beat would be established
to look after the super market.
The guest of honor, East Kameng district Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam applauded the
steps taken by Taku. He further asserted that without cooperation of all, development
of the district is not possible.
Dy. Director, DUDA Kame Bengia appealed the MLA and the DC to provide fund for the
construction of parking place near the market.
The All East Kameng Student’s Union (AEKSU) has congratulated the people of East
Kameng district for getting its first Super Market. DIPRO
144 clamped in Hapoli area
ITANAGAR, July 15: In order to contain further law and order problem in the area
prohibitory order Under Section 144 CRPS is to be clamped with immediate effect in
and around the disputed area. CRPF and ITBP personnel will man the area during the
curfew hours. The decisions were taken in the meeting held today in connection with
present law and order problem creating from the activities of banned Lower Subansiri
Youth Organization near Hapoli.
The illegal constructor of the OBT sheds at the disputed area and those responsible
for destruction of the OBT sheds will be immediately arrested, said official sources.
10 additional ration sorties approved for Dibang Valley
ITANAGAR, July 15: The Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu yesterday informed that required
ration sorties for the people of Dibang Valley district have already been sanctioned
and the Chief Secretary on Tuesday sanctioned 10 additional sorties for dropping
ration items by Jagson copter. This was informed to a delegation of the Confederation
of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) when they, led by its president
N L Togu, called on the CM, chief secretary and food and civil supply director to
apprise them of the food scarcity situation in Anini. The Chief Minister further
informed that the state Govt has already taken up the restoration of road with
Centre and BRO officials. The CoSAAP members also interacted with the officials
of the deputy resident commissioner Kolkata office. CoSAAp appealed the DRC offices
situated in various parts of the country to function with punctuality.
Meanwhile, the CoSAAP appealed the employees of the Dibang Valley district to bear
with the practical problems being faced by the Govt and monitor the relief distribution
works in the district.
ICCW AP formed
ITANAGAR, July 15: The Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW), Arunachal Pradesh
branch was constituted today.
The newly formed body would be headed by Jarjum Ete as President, with three Vice
Presidents –Gumri Ringu, Christine Lowangcha and Sunil Mow and Tadar Mepung Bage
as General Secretary. Susil Ranjan Choudhuri, the Convenor of ICCW, North East,
and the representative of the President, ICCW was present during the meet.
The ICCW was founded in 1952 as a national body to work for the welfare and development
of the children of India. It has Special Consultative status with the Economic and
Social Council of the United Nations. The ICCW has been working through its Creche
Committee in Arunachal Pradesh since the last one year. This Branch of ICCW will,
hereafter, dedicate itself to furthering the cause of the children of this state,
in all ways possible – for implementation of welfare programs for children, help
in monitoring the implementation of state policies like the Right to Education, the
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Child Marriage Prevention Act said Ete. The issue of ban on
Child Labour, child abuse, trafficking in children, domestic violence and sexual
exploitation of children would be some of the other concerns of the ICCW-AP Branch.
NYC welcomes NEC decision
ITANAGAR, July 15: Nationalist Youth Congress (NYC) has welcomed the North Eastern
Council’s decision to implement the North Eastern Community Resource Management project
in Tirap and Changlang districts.
National General Secretary NYC In Charge North East Mongol Yomso said Tirap and Changlang
districts need prompt and proper care of the Centre and state for their economic
growth and self sustenance.The Govt must implement more poverty alleviation schemes
to develop Tirap and Changlang districts, he said while adding that the people particularly
the youth are misguided due to poverty and lack of opportunities.
Ban on mobile phones at classrooms
SEPPA, July 15: The All East Kameng Student’s Union ( AEKSU) has informed that in
pursuance to the instruction of the state apex student’s union AAPSU, the union has
banned the use of mobile phone by the students in the class room for the greater
interest of the students community of the district in particular and the state as
whole. The union further said that a stern action would be taken against an individual
found using mobile in the class room. The union further urged the higher authority
of the State Bank of India (SBI) to make the ATM of Seppa operationalise as early
Re-discovering Community in Arunachal
Dr. B. G. Mukhopadhyay
The global discourse on development got a major boost on the news of the Nobel Prize
in economics sciences in 2009 to Dr. Elinor Ostrom, Professor at both Indiana University
and Arizona State University in US. The acknowledgement of Elinor Ostrom’s work by
the selection committee of Nobel Prize endorses community as an important actor in
development arena. Her works on community governance in natural resource management
have become trend-setter for the development economists across the globe. So far,
we are familiar with three actors in development discourse viz. State, Civil Society
and Market. Community was in the territorial domain of sociologists. The new-found
love for community has also its supporter in the corridors of Harvard. Robert D.
Putnam became immediately famous by his well-known book on Bowling Alone: The Collapse
and Revival of American Community. His book “Bowling Alone” indicates a drop in social
capital in contemporary America and he has dealt in detail the causes of decline
in social capital and how to restore it in the present context. He has differentiated
social capital in two categories viz. bridging and bonding. Bridging social capital
is inclusive in nature and bonding social capital is exclusive.
Bonding is useful for strong social ties within the ethnic groups whereas bridging
is useful to carry forward overcoming the status-quo.
Sociologists have given a number of definitions of community since it is a sociological
construct. Instead of going in the polemics of what community is, let me take the
definition of Richard H. Axelrod, a leading management consultant of organizational
change in US and innovator of “conference model”. He defines a “community as a group
of people who willingly come together and put time and energy towards achieving a
common goal.” The important criterion here is that it is voluntary in nature and
no coercion is involved in it. We are living in an increasingly complex environment
and it creates enormous amount of stress and strain on individuals to respond to
environment and community provides a safety-valve and no wonder, Dr. Zygmunt Bauman,
the leading Polish sociologist from the University of Leeds, UK wrote a book entitled
“Community- securing safety in an insecure world”.
In the Indian context, the concept of community is nothing new as we were basically
a communitarian society before we embarked on a journey to create our nation State
on the principles of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity where the individual
is the core in these fundamental principles. The journey from agrarian society to
a modern industrial society led to the dilution of many of the communitarian ethos.
One of the biggest casualties in this change is the disappearance of joint family
system. Many of our successful Banks in the pre-nationalization era were based on
community. The Chettiars, the Parsis, the Marwaris and the Vaisyas were the owners
of many of these banks and these were based on trust and reciprocity. Of late, the
success of natural resource management in many parts of our country is because of
the involvement of community from planning to execution. Dr. Anirudh Krishna, an
IAS officer from Rajasthan cadre and presently a faculty member in the Duke University,
US has observed from his work in Rajasthan that many of the watershed schemes were
successful where social capital was abundantly available and this is the success
of community engagement. On many a time, due to bureaucratic nature of our functions
and working in the government system, our attitude is, we will plan and you will
manage. As a result, the community doesn’t develop the ownership since the community
is not involved in the process of planning. The failure of many of our programmes
and schemes is basically due to lack of community engagement in our planning and
execution phase. Fortunately, we have started realizing the fact that we can not
go further unless we involve the community in many of our development programmes
in letter and spirit.
Even though, we are in the midst of 11th five year plan, many of our promises in
development schemes will remain unfulfilled unless community engagement is total.
Whether it is health or education or any other social sector programmes on women
or child, there are enormous possibilities to engage the communities to achieve the
desired goals of development. India is way behind in achieving the Millennium Developmental
Goals (MDG) and we are a signatory to the UN resolution on MDG. It is heartening
to note that many of the social entrepreneurs in Arunachal are coming forward to
involve the community in many of the development programmes through SHGs and Farmers’
Clubs. But much more engagement is required to involve the community in meaningful
way to manage the affairs of schools, primary health centers, cooperatives and public
distribution system to improve the access and quality of public delivery. Similarly,
the intensive engagement of the community is a must to protect our immediate environment
as organizing principles of community are based on the notion of consent, care and
trust. Alexis De Tocqueville in his classic, “Democracy in America “wrote profusely
of the vibrant civil society in US and the success of democracy is based on this
strong edifice of community. For a country of our dimension, we need to re-discover
the space of community and place it where it belongs to make our democracy strong
and vibrant and achieve our goals of development.(The author is Dr. B G Mukhopadhyay,
General Manager, NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh RO and the views are his own).
CRPF extends a hand of friendship
DAPORIJO, July 15: Arunachal Pradesh Friendship Football Tournament organized by
the 138 Bn CRPF stationed at Daporijo, Upper Subansiri under its Civic Action Programme
was inaugurated at the Rijo ground here today.
A total of 8 teams are taking part in this tournament. In the first match played
today Govt. Higher Sec. School Dumporijo beat Sippi United Generation by 2-0.
Declaring the tournament open, MLA Tapen Siga stated that such competitions not only
fostered goodwill and friendship between the public and the forces, but was also
a way of recognizing and nurturing the talented sportsmen of the district.
Calling the CRPF the messiah of peace, he called on the citizens of the district
to respect and cooperate with them in their work so that peace and harmony can be
maintained in the area.
The Deputy Commissioner DC H. K. Shalla appreciated the efforts of the CRPF in creating
a healthy relationship with the people of the district and made a plea to the participants
to maintain discipline, enthusiasm and team spirit to make the tournament a success.
Commandant Bhupender Kumar, 138 Bn CRPF gave a brief overview of their activities
in the state. A sapling was also planted to mark the occasion.
Defunct Clock would be functional soon
ITANAGAR, July 15: The Chief Minister has assured to replace the defunct clock of
Ganga Market, informed Additional Town Magistrate Talo Potom today.
The magistrate submitted an estimate amount of Rs. four lakhs for replacement of
Meanwhile, a social service would be conducted from Ganga to Bank Tinali highway
roadsides by the concerned department on Saturday next.
Independent Football trophy
ITANAGAR, July 15: The 6th Independent Running Trophy Football Tournament will be
conducted from August One next at KV No. 2 Ground, Itanagar.
The winner and runners up team will be awarded cash prize along with trophies, Gohpur
Youth Club, the organizing committee of the tournament, said in a release.
SLC recommends project proposals of 6 dist.
ITANAGAR July 15: The State Level Committee (SLC) on Multi Sectoral Development Schemes
(MSDS) recommended project proposals of six minority concentrated districts in toto
which will be submitted to the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
The Committee held a threadbare discussion on various projects proposals by the deputy
comissioners of seven district before it recommended proposals of six districts finally.
The SLC, which met here on July 13, further decided to submit the copy of the project
proposals to the State Planning Department to verify implementation of similar scheme
sponsored by other Ministries or the State Plan to avoid duplicacies.
The meeting was chaired by the Chief Secretary cum Chairman of the SLC and attended
by MLA Tenzing Norbu, Commissioner (Finance), Secretary (SW, WCD), Deputy Commissioners
of West Kameng, Lower Subansiri, Papum Pare, Tirap and official representatives of
Changlang and East Kameng districts. The Chief Engineers, (PWD & RWD, Zila Chairpersons
of Tawang, East Kameng, Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri, and Changlang were also present.
Training on extension functionaries
TAWANG, July 15: Krishi Vigyan Kendra Tawang organized a training programme on extension
functionaries at its office premises.
SMS (Horticulture) Pijush Kanti Biswas inaugurated the programme and discussed about
the genesis of KVKs in India. He also discussed about the ongoing activities of KVK,
Dr Deepanjali Deori spoke about the technology for improving the feed stuffs of livestock
while SMS(Agronomy) Chandra Kumar Singh discussed about the biodynamic and organic
farming. He also discussed about the role of plant nutrients for crop production
along with deficiency symptoms of plant nutrients found in Tawang district.
Basic course for SM&GC
ITANAGAR, Jul 15: The week-long state level basic course for Scout Masters and Guide
Captains concluded at State Training Centre, Polo Colony, Naharlagun yesterday.
Basic training on flag ceremony, physical exercises, first aid, characteristic need
of boys and girls, estimation, compass and mapping, hiking and camp fire etc. were
given to participants.
Hage Tatung, JDSE (YS) and state secretary Bharat Scouts and Guides Arunachal Pradesh
attended the valedictory function as Chief Guest.
Altogether 60 participants, including staff from all over the state participated
in the training.
Ita Pulu Memorial Football tournament begins
ROING, Jul 15: Ita Pulu Memorial Football tournament organized by All Idu Mishmi
Student Union (AIMSU) in loving memory of Late Ita Pulu, a pioneer and torch bearer
of Idu Mishmi community, began with MLA Laeta Umbrey kicking off the tournament at
general ground here on July 11 last amidst hundreds of football lovers.
In his inaugural speech, Umbrey urged the participating teams to play with true sportsman
spirit as a mark of honour to the great soul, who worked for the welfare and social
harmony among various tribes. He also urged them to keep alive the ideals and principles
of Pulu by maintaining peace and brotherhood in the district headquarter. Lauding
the efforts of student community, he however, opined to hand over the tournament
to some appropriate committee or authority for better organization and conduction
of the tournament in future. He exhorted the student community to concentrate on
their studies while taking active part in such tournament.
Y W Ringu, Deputy Commissioner cum chairman DSC said that the tournament can be used
as a platform for talent search for selection of the district football team.
The tournament is being played under approval and monitoring of the core committee
of District Sports Committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner as chairman and Superintendent
of Police, Roing as member secretary with other officers as member.
Tojo Karga, Superintendent of Police, Chiliko Meto, Zilla Chairperson, Lod Gambo,
SDO (SADAR), Alen Pertin, EAC, Mirpe Tato, EAC, Panchayat leaders, officers, public
leaders besides executive member of the student body witnessed the inaugural match
played between GHSS and JNV School.
Altogether 21 teams are participating in the tournament and the final will be played
on August 16 next. The winner will be awarded cash prize along with a trophy. DIPRO
ITANAGAR: East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organisation appealed to the Construction
Agency of RCC Bridge at Seppa over Kameng River to complete it within stipulated
time. The work is progressing very slowly, it said while calling on the leaders to
extend support to the construction agency as and when it requires help.
DSE appeals AAPSU to defer bandh call
ITANAGAR: The Director of School Education appealed to the All Arunachal Pradesh
Students’ Union to defer the proposed bandh called on July 19 in view of AISSCE/AISSE
ITANAGAR: Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society will conduct a social service to clean
the Thupten-Gatseling Gonpa premises on July 18 as the Queen’s Baton Relay for Commonwealth
Games would be passing through the Gonpa premise on July 22.
AAPSU gets supporter
ITANAGAR, July 15: While supporting the demand of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students
Union for immediate cancellation of illegal appointments under directorate of civil
aviation, All Arunachal Homoeopathic Students’ Union has demanded action against
the officer allegedly involved in corrupt practices.
Meanwhile, the Union also requested the NRHM director to give preference to candidates
who have passed out from the Northeast Homeoeopathic Medical College under NRHM
Interim body opposed
ITANAGAR, July 15: Stating that the present committee of the East Damsite is not
dissolved and shall continue till completion of tenure, Chello Kama, president of
All East Damsite Welfare Committee termed the reported formation of interim committee
of the East Demsite Welfare Committee as illegal, undemocratic and baseless.+
ITANAGAR, July 15: The All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Workers’ Union (AAPMTWU)
has appealed to commercial vehicle owners/drivers of the state to obtain all required
documents to avoid ‘unnecessary harassment’ to their drivers and handymen while plying
ITANAGAR, July 15: 25 agricultural fields were damaged and five domestic animal (mithun)
were lost by the owners due to massive landslide followed by heavy rain during this
year in Nyobia Bangoo under Pip Sorang circle in Kurung Kumey district, Nyobia ASM
Hake Takio claimed in a release today. The ASM demanded the authorities to take
stock of the damages and provide relief to the sufferers immediately.
School coordination meet held
ITANAGAR, July 15: The Panchayat leaders, Gaon Burahs, general public and the teaching
staff of the Govt Middle School, Yaki and Govt Primary School, Tumlang under Sangram
circle in a joint meeting on July 11 unanimously decided to enforce strict rules
and regulation and maintain hygiene in the school compound. The meeting presided
over by ASM cum VEC chairman Ngorang Yagi further stressed on demarcation of school
boundary and construction of boundary fencing and decided to conduct social service
in the school compound.
ITANAGAR, July 15: Tamchi Tassung, Phassang Akap and Bengia Nyoru have been elected
unopposed as the president, vice president and general secretary respectively of
the Arunachal Pradesh Diploma Engineers Association (APDEA) for the session 2010-12.