Two police officers suspended, govt orders SIT & magisterial enquiry
ITANAGAR, July 16: Taking serious note of 15th July’s incident where an Arunachal
Pradesh State Transport Employee Tachi Nguso died in suspicious circumstances which
led to public outrage and allegations of Police brutality, Arunachal Pradesh Chief
Minister Dorjee Khandu has ordered for a magisterial enquiry headed by Papumpare
Deputy Commissioner to unearth the whole episode.
In an emergency meeting called on by CM in his office chamber attended by Home Minister
Tako Dabi, PWD Minister Nabam Tuki, Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Commissioner Home
T Taloh, DGP Tashi Lama, SP Capital Complex H Tamang and few legislators, the whole
matter was reviewed.
While the driver of the escort vehicle which hit the deceased has been arrested,
the security officer in board of the escort vehicle K Pait and Investigation Officer
of Naharlagun Police Station Suresh Singh has been suspended. The SDPO Naharlagun
B S Mehra and Officer In-Charge L R Rana has been shifted from the Naharlagun Police
Station and has been ordered to report to PHQ.
Khandu further ordered for handing over the case to Special Investigation Team (SIT)
for investigating the entire incident.
Terming the incident as very unfortunate, the Chief Minister shared the grief of
the bereaved family members for the irreparable loss of their beloved one. He issued
immediate orders for compassionate appointment to one of the family member considering
eligibility of the post.
The chief minister also announced appropriate compensation as admissible according
to motor vehicle Act and ex-gratia payment admissible to the family of the deceased
government employee as per Government rules.
Meanwhile, Khandu has appealed the mass that the government has seriously taken up
the issue and urged to cooperate with it. He has called for maintaining peace and
tranquility and has assured that appropriate actions would be initiated against the
officials found guilty in the whole episode. PRO to CM
GWS demands a second post-mortem, organisations decries police handling
ITANAGAR, July 16: Galo Welfare Society (GWS) has demanded for a second post-mortem
of the body of Tachi Nguso by forensic experts to ascertain that there was no foul
play in his death.
Nguso, an APST bus conductor, died in yesterday under mysterious circumstances. After
being hit by a Gypsy of CM’s security cell along the NH 52A near Papu Nallah, Nguso
was taken to Police station instead of Hospital. According to reports, the police
allegedly took two hours after the accident to take Nguso to the hospital.
"All circumstantial evidences, including bruises on the back of the body, clearly
indicate police atrocity, recklessness and violence." Even, we cannot rule out application
of ‘third degree’ method, GWS president Jarjum Ete told media persons during a press
The Society, in its hurriedly convened emergency meeting yesterday placed few demands
before the authorities concerned which included, immediate suspension of those police
officers and personnel of Naharlagun police station involved in the incident including
the cops who were on duty between 4 am to 8 am on that fateful day, institution of
an impartial inquiry at magisterial level as well as an intra-departmental inquiry
into the death case by special investigation team (SIT) of the PHQ, immediate announcement
of ex-gratia payment to the aggrieved family as per 6th Pay Commission and providing
regular government job to the widow. Further, GWS decided to constitute an independent
investigation team by human rights groups, including Arunachal Citizen’s Right, HRLN
and APWWS, under the initiative of the Society (GWS).
The society, meanwhile, strongly condemned the entire police department and district
administration for miserably failing to handle the situation that arose after Nguso’s
The clamping down of the town with 144 could have been avoided had someone from the
police department or district administration intervened on time, it said. The society
suggested the police department for imparting special training to the police for
effective handling of such sensitive cases in future.
Meanwhile, the family of the deceased has refused to receive the body till a second
post-mortem is done. The body is still lying in the morgue at Naharlagun General
One the other hand, Soyi Rida who was injured yesterday after he was hit by a tear
gas shell has been referred to Guwahati for further treatment.
The State Governor, General J. J Singh has seriously viewed yesterday’s accident.
He said that state government should order a magisterial enquiry into the unfortunate
incident. Accordingly, the State government has directed the Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner
Nandini Paliwal to conduct a magisterial enquiry immediately, reports PRO to Governor.
General Singh has conveyed that based on the findings of the enquiry, those individuals
who are proved guilty should be effectively dealt with as per the law, and given
The Arunachal Citizens Right (ACR) vehemently condemns the brutal act of police personnel
leading to the death of Nguso Terming it gross violation of Human Rights, it said
that Police is the apex law enforcement organ of the society and its duty should
be to protect and safeguard the life and liberty of its citizens rather than inflicting
pain and killing them. ACR extended its support and solidarity to the demands put
forth by the organizations.
All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees Welfare Association which met at
APSTS complex at Naharlagun today unanimously decided to observe a 12-hour Chakka
Bandh and Tool Down strike from 5 am to 5 am on July 20 if the police personnel SI
Suresh Singh, SI Kalom Pait, OC RL Rana, SDPO BI Mehra and the driver involved in
the incident are not terminated within three days. While describing the yesterday’s
entire as episode unfortunate and gross violation of human rights by men in uniform,
Arunachal Youth Organization, in its letter to the Governor, demanded immediate termination
of the police personnel mentioned by AAPSTEWA. It also demanded the state government
to punish the guilty cops as per law.
Galo Students’ Union urged the govt. to come clean on the issue. Lt. Tachi Nguso’s
death amounts to custodial death and unnatural death.
In our democratic way to register protest against the errant police personnel we
organized peace rally from General Hospital Naharlagun to Naharlagun Police station
demanding justice, instead of pacifying and without justification 144 Cr.Pc was declared
and in an action to scare us away many innocent people were badly injured which aggravated
the situation, it said.
It further said that the case should be registered under section 302 of IPC.
It condemned gross violation of human rights and said that demands of the apex students
union should be met. Meanwhile it thanked AAPSU, ANSU, ALSU, APPDSU and other Students
body, for raising their voice against violation of human rights.
Arunachal Legal Forum Shillong, All Mengio Students Union, All Capital Complex Workers’
Union and Arunachal Colleges’ Forum in their press statements expressed shock over
the incident and supported AAPSU, ANSU, APPDSU, GSU, ALSU and various other organizations
stand on the issue and their demands for arrest of the culprits involved in the incident.
Meanwhile, the State unit Bharatiya Janata Party expressed deep shock over the un-natural
death caused to Nguso.
The party, in a release claimed that, "This was not first incidence of such kind
for police escort vehicle attached to the state Chief Minister. Similar incident
was also happened some years back between 1999 to 2003 causing ‘un-natural death’
to a child born to one A. Biswas, a grade ‘D’ staff of PWD. A young person, namely
Tai Babin, son of late Tai Taging of Peel village, Sangram, Kurung Kumey, who was
also an APSTS bus conductor, was also killed by Police Mini Truck," the release claimed.
The growing reckless driving in the uniformed drivers should be checked and properly
monitored by the concerned authorities forthwith, the party said and appealed to
one and all to maintain peace at this juncture of the crisis.
Nyoi Welfare Association also condemned the act of the state police which led to
death of Nguso yesterday.
It demanded the state government to immediately compensate the victim’s family and
also appealed to the State Transport Department to place the deceased’s family member
in the same post.
Condemning yesterday’s incident , Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers Association (UAEA)
has demanded the state Govt to arrest the officers involved in the incident and
suspend them from their services.
The Association further said that if the police personnel are given free hand in
the name of handling law, no one would trust the law enforcing agencies and law makers
The grand coronation of Tai Khampti Chief
ITANAGAR, July 16: Chou Pha Chou Meohow Namchoom was crowned as the Tai Khampti
Chief today at a grand coronation.
The coronation was necessitated after the death of His Excellency Chou Pha Chou Khamoon
Namchoom earlier this year.
His Excellency Chou Pha Chou Meohow Namchoom was born on 17 Aug 1939 to Late Chou
Nanda Namchoom who too was a Chief known as Chou Pha Konmoung and Late Nang Pha Uksha
During the Chinese aggression in 1962, Namchoom led the Indian Army into the territory
of Tai plateau and assisted in transportation of army troops and arms & weapons to
fight against the invaders. He was also a member of Zila Parishad and is known for
cultural, religious, socio-economic activities.
At a young age, he was elected as the Young King as Chou Pha Kem of Chongkham Village.
Currently he is nominated as the working President of Tai Khampti Singpho council,
the Apex Body of the Khamptis and the Singphos.
Coordination meet discuss problems confronting Khonsa
KHONSA, July 16: MLA Kamthok Lowang convened a co-ordination meeting at Khonsa to
discuss township roads, water supply, power supply and other developmental matters
Lowang said that co-operation and close co-ordination of all departments were sine
qua non in order to make the administration in the district effective and asked the
Head of Departments to sincerely address the problems. He appealed to the officers
to remain in station adding that developmental works are hampered due to their frequent
The MLA further told them to work in close co-ordination with the public representatives
to make the schemes successful and effective monitoring.
While participating in the meeting MLA Yumsen Matey said that the HoDs and the MLAs
must share the responsibility of addressing the pressing problems collectively. He
asked the HoDs to keep the MLAs informed of their problems and developmental activities
undertaken by them. He categorically said that certain standard of working system
must be maintained adding that all HoDs must mandatorily seek permission from the
DC whenever they leave their station. (DIPRO)
9th Governing body meeting of DRDA
ITANAGAR, July 16: During the 9th Governing body meeting of DRDA, Kurung Kumey District
held at Koloriang yesterday adopted resolution on Labour budget to the tune of Rs
twenty two crore for Kurung Kumey district to provide legal guarantee for 100 days
of work to rural households.
It was decided that a committee would be formed under the Chairmanship ZP Chairperson
to select scheme on Integrated Waste Land Management Programe (IWMP).
Deputy Commissioner cum Chief Executive Officer, Bidol Tayeng, critically remarked
that, there is no cooperation and coordination between DRDA officers and BDO’s while
adding that there was a communication gap. The BDO’s should approach PD for clarification
on doubts towards effective implementation, and there should be discussion on Indira
Awas Yojana scheme.
Tayeng asked PD to conduct meeting with BDO’s every after two month. PD, DRDA Tabin
Siga, said during 2002-2003, Kurung Kumey District, DRDA was established to gear
up developmental activities. But, ironically there is no separate fund allocation
for the district and that only a share of fund allotted to Lower Subansiri District
was provided for Kurung Kumey. Siga further asked PR members to extend help and cooperation
ZPM Gangte Taring Bath said since all BDO’s are local and know the pulse of the people
and PR members; they should carry out their duties and responsibilities with outmost
sincerity and devotion for rapid development of the district. He further appealed
them not to repeat the schemes.
Queen’s Baton Relay
Tawang, July 16: A Second Review Meeting regarding the Queen’s Baton Relay on July
22 in Tawang was conducted in today. The Superintendent of Police, HoDs, Public leaders,
Monastery monks, school teachers, and other agencies that are engaged in the Relay
were present in the meeting.
The DC appealed everybody to be well prepared and contribute for grand success of
the event. Student participation especially the NCCs, Scouts, and Guides were sought
for in the meeting. Apart from colorful and bright cultural programmes beginning
from the reception in Changprong helipad there will be tree plantation in Urgelling
Gompa, Nehru Gonpa, AIR colony, Tawang Monastery, and in the 190 Mountain Brigade.
A date for preparatory Dry Run has been fixed on the 20th.
Girl returns home after five months
MIAO, July 16: Romilla Murmu (15) who was abducted from Namchik Tea estate Kharsang
on February 22 returned home on July 15 last to the relief of her anguished parents.
Romilla, daughter of Esso Murmu was abducted by Guldip Singh (70) from Namchik area
on February 22 and kept in his home for five days.
When the fifteen year old child wanted to return home, Singh immediately took her
out of Kharsang and kept her as helper in an old couple’s home. Romilla does not
know where she has been staying for the last five months.
Romilla left home after a quarrel with her sibling. The girl’s parents thinking the
child went to relatives home did not look for her.
However, when she did not return home the next day, the parents began search for
her. After a long search, the parents were told by a well wisher that the girl was
seen in Guldip Singh’s home.
Soon, the girl’s parents registered a case against Guldip Singh on July 13 at Kharsang
The Kharsang Police Station OC C Longri immediately arrested Singh and pressurized
him to give out information on the whereabouts of Romilla.
The girl was brought back to Kharsang and dropped in the market area by someone suspected
to be kin of Guldip Singh at 5 pm on July 15. She was then taken by two Adivasi women
to Kuttom pani khati area.
On receiving information, the OC immediately recovered the girl. After medical examination
the girl was returned to her parents yesterday.
A case has been registered against Guldip Singh U/S 365 IPC and is under Kharsang
Guldip Singh son of late Narajan Singh along with his family have taken a rented
house in Kharsang. Singh has been driving taxi in Miao, Kharsang and Assam.
Achievement of PHED EZ reviewed
Ete put emphasis on proper planning
ITANAGAR, July 16: The PHE and WS Secretary Er Tomi Ete today advised the departmental
officers to endeavour for more excellence in the field of water supply, sewerage
and sanitation. He also outlined the need of trainings and exposure visits for the
Ete was addressing the review meeting of the achievement and work progress under
the PHED Eastern Zone here today.
While expressing satisfaction on the overall progress of the works, he gave emphasis
on proper planning, survey and formulations of proposals and DPRs for successful
implementation and commissioning of the projects.
The meeting participated by Er. Tomi Ete, Secretary (PHE&WS), Er. T. Ketan, Chief
Engineer (EZ), all Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers of Eastern Zone
reviewed the progress of various works in the current financial year and the achievement
of last fiscal under PHED (EZ) which stood at 337 numbers of rural habitations which
were brought under potable water supply, 10 number of habitations with iron problem
and water supply project for Namsai Township and Basar Township.
Earlier, Chief Engineer (EZ) Er. T. Ketan briefed the Secretary on the progress of
the major projects taken up by the department and highlighted the problems and issues
requiring his intervention.
Er. T. Basar, SSW, PHED (EZ), highlighted the issues pertaining to IMIS and proposals
under border blocks and NRDWP being made from the department along with the flood
damages report on the water supply installations, according to an official release.
Other issues like water quality parameter and laboratory testing, school water supply,
rain water harvesting schemes under sustainability programme and progress under Total
Sanitation Campaign were discussed at length and respective progresses reviewed.
Training on SHGs and KSY underway for Giba Circle
Daporijo, July 16: A 2 days Orientation and Training Programme on Kishori Shakti
Yojana(KSY) and Self Help Group under Microfinance Vision 2011 for adolescent girls
and ICDS field workers of Giba circle, organized by CDPO, Giba ICDS project started
MLA Tapen Siga, DC H. K. Shalla, SP Apur Bitin, DMO J. M. Boje, CO Giba and PRI leaders
attended the inaugural function to encourage the participants present.
Siga while addressing the participants stressed that development began from the grass
root level and it was the ICDS field workers/ Anganwadi workers who were the real
workers and the first formal teachers of the future of the country- the children
in thousands of villages spread across the country.
Speaking on the KSY, he said that the adolescent age was the age when strong and
firm ideas were formed in the minds and it was the conditioning at this stage that
showed a person the path in life. So he added that it was necessary to engage their
mind and hearts and channel it to the right path and so lauded the efforts of the
government through the KSY in helping them.
He also said that there was a need for each one of us to recognize our potentials
and search a way to make our lives better and it could be done gaining self reliance.
This could be had by helping ourselves and forming SHGs. He also made a plea to those
present to imbibe what is taught in the training, use it and spread it to others
to make a better life
All the benefits under the ICDS Project should reach the real beneficiaries, enjoined
the DC while speaking to the trainees during the training. He also told the participants
to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the govt. and make their lives
The DMO while encouraging the participants said that anganwadi workers were really
important as they were used across departments like Medical, Education, ICDS etc
to reach the rural masses.
N P Siga, CDPO giving a brief report on the status of the Giba ICDS Project stated
that it had 84 Anganwadi centers and workers; 438 pregnant and nursing mothers, 370
pensioners and 5 handicapped persons as beneficiaries under its various projects.
Training on SHG formation and handicrafts and toy making to adolescent girls of ages
11 to 18 years was being provided. (DIPRO)
Forum seeks early revaluation process
ITANAGAR: Expressing resentment over delay in rechecking and revaluation process
of the various undergraduates courses by the RGU administrative officer (exam cell),
the Arunachal Pradesh Colleges’ Forum in a representation to RGU VC appealed him
to expedite the process and ensure the results within a week’s time. The Forum said
delay in such process slows down the students’ enthusiasm who wishes to pursue their
studies outside the state. The RGU authority and their affiliated college principals
should maintain their formalities while sending their house test percentages, Forum
further said while adding that house test marks should also be displayed to the students
whenever they ask for.
Upper Subansiri ATA discuss pay anomaly
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Teachers Association, Upper Subansiri unit in a meeting held
at Daporijo recently discussed the anomaly in fixation of pay under 5th and 6th central
pay commissions for assistant teachers (A). The meeting also discussed the ‘assurance
of education minister to rectify the wrong fixation of payment from January 2010,
if the assistant teachers A in return assure not to claim past arrear benefit’.
After the threadbare discussion, the meeting unanimously decided not to claim the
past arrear, if the pay anomaly under 5th and 6th pay commissions is rectified.
The house also constituted a AT ‘A’ ad hoc committee, Upper Subansiri unit with Tape
Ringsing president, Tatop Hankar vice president and Tama Kodak as general secretary.
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee, Itanagar would observe the
Kalapani Day to mark the 125th year of Indian National Congress Foundation Day on
17th July, 2010 at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar.
Home minister Tako Dabi would be the Chief Guest of the prog.
ITANAGAR: Malaria awareness campaign is being held from July 21 onwards at Beyak
Rijo, Bui, Dula, Bari Rijo and Dumporijo. The campaign is being organized by all
Dumporijo Youth Welfare Association (ADYWA) wherein a Medical team from District
Hospital Daporijo would carry out the mission.
Visitors asked to maintain time slot for entry into Raj Bhawan
ITANAGAR, July 16: Raj Bhavan has called on the visitors to maintain timing while
they visit Raj Bhawan as a part of the “Know your Raj Bhawan programme”.
The time of entry is from 3 PM to 3. 15 PM every Sunday while the entire period of
the visit is of two hours duration.
After the visitors assemble by 3.15 PM, the 2 hour long guided tour to the Raj Bhawan
compound starts. Visitors are escorted to every sector of the Raj Bhawan from Orchid
center, Hornbill cottage, fish pond, Bee keeping, the country chicken farm, Organic
kitchen garden etc.(PRO, Raj Bhavan)
ITANAGAR, July 16: Vivekananda Kendra, Arun Jyoti organized a free medical camp at
Maro, Menga and Sippi of Upper Subansiri district from July 9-12.
276 patients were examined during the camps and free medicines were distributed.
On July 9, one health awareness meeting was organized at Maro Govt Primary School.
75 villagers attended the programme and had a good interaction with the Doctor. Local
Dony Polo Namlo Committe organized the meeting and all the Namlo members were present.
ITANAGAR, July 16: Kurung-Nyobia Youth Association (KNYA) appealed to the GM BSNL,
Itanagar to take appropriate steps for connection of mobile network at Sangram circle,
Kurung Kumey district.
The association claimed that BSNL has already constructed a tower at Sangram two
years back but the area remains unconnected till today.
SIRD officials clarified that the wage rate under MGNREGA in Arunachal Pradesh is
Rs.80. Hence, the wage rate mentioned as Rs. 90 in a news item published on July
14 edition of this daily should be ignored.
ITANAGAR, July 16: Tadar Tayuf has been appointed as President of Bharatiya Janata
Yuva Morcha Capital District, Itanagar.