Press fraternity, volunteers stage dharna, demand justice for Tongam
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Hundreds of volunteers and journalists under the banner of Arunachal
Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists today staged dharna
in front of state Assembly, Naharlagun seeking justice for Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of the Arunachal Times.
Clad with black costume, the volunteers and scribes shouted slogans – ‘We want
justice for Tongam Rina.’ Expressing resentment over the failure of the law enforcing
authority to nab the culprit who shot at Tongam Rina on Sunday last, they further
demanded security to all media persons in the state.
Tongam recovering, parents thank civil society
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: The condition of the Arunachal Times Associate Editor Tongam
Rina is reported to be stable. She is now recuperating under the medical observation
of the team of doctors at R K Mission Hospital here.
Earlier on Sunday night she underwent a surgery to have a bullet removed from her
The parents of Tongam Rina thanked those who helped their daughter through most difficult
time in her life.
It has been a moving moment for us to see the love and affection that our daughter
Tongam has received. It is a humbling experience, Banyak Rina and Kento Rina, mother
and father of Tongam Rina said.
“We are extremely moved by the tremendous amount of support and goodwill that has
been extended to our family by people from across Arunachal and from the country
“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone for giving us the strength
to face this difficult time. It is really impossible to name all persons or organizations,
but we are enormously grateful to everyone who has extended their support and solidarity
in one form or the other- from young people who have held protest marches in the
capital city and elsewhere, to the media fraternity, to people who have visited her
and those who have expressed solidarity in many other forms. We remain thankful to
you. We would also like to apologize to the many visitors who have come to the Ramakrishna
Mission Hospital but was prevented from seeing her. She is still very weak and she
is unable to meet visitors. We hope you will forgive this and understand the situation.”
“We would be wrong if we do not thank the Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission Hospital,
all its doctors, nurses, staff and even the doctors from other hospitals who have
been giving her the maximum care round the clock. If our daughter lives today, it
is entirely because of their efforts. Our family will forever be indebted to each
one of them.”
“Yet what is done cannot be made to change. Our only appeal is now to the government
to spare no efforts in finding and arresting the person or persons who committed
the crime. The ongoing investigations have to take into account the various threats
that she had received earlier, the attacks on her and her office and to find out
why a planned assassination bid like this was carried out. Justice must be delivered
to our daughter whose only fault perhaps lay in the fact that she believed in her
work and is committed to it. Failure to arrest the perpetrator will be a betrayal
to her and her fraternity. We firmly hope that the assurances given to us by Governor
J J Singh and by the Chief Minister to find the offenders at the earliest will be
“We would also appeal that, should circumstances be so, even the option of inviting
the CBI to take up the case must also be explored. Our family believes and is firmly
committed in its stand that the culprit does not belong to any specific community
or clan. They belong to a nameless body that has no respect for human life or human
dignity. We appeal to everyone to help in the investigations by offering any leads
or information that might lead to the arrest of the culprits.”
“These few days have been a heart-wrenching experience. We are shattered in ways
more than one. There is anger in our hearts for what has happened to Tongam. But
we also want to reach out to the culprit and people who have engaged them and ask
how they would feel if someone close to their hearts lay battling for her life like
Tongam is doing? As we try and imagine the face of the person who has done this to
our daughter, we hope in our hearts that such acts of extreme hate and violence will
not re-occur in our state, which has always prided itself for its community bonding
Condemnations continue to pour in
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Condemnations continue to pour in from all sections of the society
over life attempt on Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times Tongam Rina.
Condemning the attack and terming it as dastardly act, Paktu Area Peoples Forum (PAPF)
and Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association (PAYWA) appealed to the state government to
provide adequate security to all the media persons and houses in Arunachal Pradesh.
“A state without freedom of media is like a state of anarchy,” both the organizations
said in joint statement and urged the Government to protect and uphold the rights
to freedoms of expression in the state.
Expressing their solidarity with Tongam and the Media houses of the State PAPF and
PAYWA prayed for speedy recovery of Tongam. It also appealed to all sections of the
society to fight against such inhumane activities.
Impulse NGO Network Shillong vehemently condemned the attack on Tongam.
“The government should ensure the safety of the media personnel who take up so much
risk and courage to bring information and truth to the public. We all need to protest
and stand together and ensure that the government takes stern action and takes positive
step to ensure safety of press personnel,” Impulse NGO Network said in a release.
It also requested all media partners to stand together and ask for proper government
investigation as soon as possible and bring justice to her.
“We all need to stand together and support her in her critical times, the release
said while wishing her a swift recovery.
Manipur Hills Journalist Union while expressing shock over life attempt on the associate
editor of this daily, said that journalists in North East Region are becoming easy
targets of miscreants. The Union demanded the state government to take strongest
action against the culprits and safeguard the journalists in North East India.
The members of Kargu Gamgi-Itanagar expressed shock over attack on the lady journalist.
Firing at an unarmed lady is an inhumane and cowardly act which deserves condemnation
in strongest term from all sections of the society. Nobody has the right to take
law into their own hand and terrorize the peace loving fellow citizens, Kargu Gamgi
president said in a release.
The president, on behalf of the members of Kargu Gamgi, appealed to all, especially
capital dwellers to maintain peace and extend cooperation to the police in identifying
and apprehending the culprits.
The Kargu Gamgi also demanded appointment of an independent Home Minister at the
earliest to contain the growing low and order problem.
All India Rajeev Gandhi Vichar Manch International also condemned the attack on senior
Protest against assassination bid on journo; CBI probe demanded
PASIGHAT, Jul 19: Activists from various organizations today staged demonstration
in front of East Siang Deputy Commissioner’s office and held rally protesting the
attack on journalist Tongam Rina.
The members of AAPSU, All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU), Central &
Eastern Arunachal People’s Organization, Adi Students Union, All Bogong Students’
Union, Bosing Bango Students’ Union, Lego Banggo Students’ Union, Ramle Banggo Students’
Union, district unit of All Galo Students’ Union, Galo Welfare Society, Forum for
Siang Dialogue (FSD) besides PRI leaders and eminent citizens of the district staged
the dharna shouting slogan for justice.
They took out a rally in the main thoroughfare of Pasighat township holding banners,
placards and black flag shouting slogans against the ruling government demanding
justice for Tongam Rina. They demanded the Government for handing over the ongoing
investigation of the incident to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Addressing the rally, AAPSU spokesperson Tobom Dai alleged that state government
has utterly failed to maintain law and order situation in the state. Despite repeated
appeals, the government has not taken up the issue seriously, the AAPSU leader said
adding that the lives and property of the common people are not safe under ruling
“Attack on journalist is akin to attack on democracy, Bijoy Taram, publicity secretary
of FSD opined. Such kind of barbaric act to muffle media voice cannot be tolerated
by the elite societies, he said.
Flaying the state government for failing to nab the culprits, Galo Welfare Society
president Takir Kakki said that the lackadaisical attitude of the law enforcing authority
towards criminal activities has encouraged crimes in the state. He demanded for handing
over the investigation into the attack on the journalist to CBI without any further
Later, Galo Welfare Society, AESDSU and East Siang unit of AdiSU separately submitted
memoranda to the Governor of Arunachal through the East Siang district administration,
seeking his intervention in handing over case to CBI at the earliest. They have also
set an ultimatum of seven days to the state government to arrest the criminals failing
which they would launch vigorous movement against the Govt inaction.
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Dem Literary and Cultural Society, Pistana circle has felicitated
Dr Neelam Nega, who was selected for the post of DSP in recent APPSCC examination,
Likha Teji, Sensei Likha Tara and other outstanding academic performers of Dem village.
Addressing the felicitation function held on July 13 last, Chairman of the Society,
Er Likha Tasi, Dr. Neelam Nega and Likha Teji advised the youths of the society to
devote in their study and professional careers to become responsible citizens.
GASA bans donation
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Guwahati Arunachal Students’ Association (GASA) said that it has
already banned collection of donation by unknown persons. It appealed to the people
not to donate any kind of donation in the name of GASA to any individuals.
Association opposes Pawan Hans service
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association, in a memorandum,
has demanded the state Govt to completely ban Pawan Hans Helicopter service in the
It appealed to the Govt to allow only a competent and trustworthy company to operate
Chopper service in the state. The association said that people of the state have
already had a bitter experience with Pawan Hans which led to suspension of its services
in the state.
What’s going on !
The brutal attack on “The Arunachal Times” Associate Editor Tongam Rina was really
a cowardice act. What is going on in our State ? Is our state really peaceful, a
safe place for media persons ?
Whenever we talk about media (The Mirror of Society) we should remember that media
help the common men to form their own opinions about politics, economics and the
social aspects of life. But, if the mediapersons are attacked, how they will perform
? I definitely agreed with Nomni Pertin who said it is too much. Why the people
do not understand the freedom of Press ?
Yes, it is not the first time, media persons and media houses were attacked many
a times earlier. So I sincerely appeal to the authorities of our state to provide
security for media fraternity and take action against the culprits so that journalists
can work without any obstacle.
It is attack on freedom of expression
Repeated attacks on the Press and media in Arunachal Pradesh is a great cause
of concern for us . The most recent is the attack on senior journalist Tongam Rina
by unidentified gunman in the heart of the city. If criminals can commit crime in
broad daylight and escape, then it puts a big question on the law and order situation
in the state. It is not only a question for the safety and security of Press and
media alone but also about safety of general public. I wonder why capital police
are having tolerant attitude towards such hardcore criminals. In the past too, we
have been hearing of such attacks but unfortunately we never heard of taking any
So in order to stop further crimes, law enforcing authority must act now and give
exemplary punishment to perpetrators of cowardice act. Attack on Press is attack
on our freedom of expression.
Snow leopard and climate change
Snow leopards, an endangered species with a remaining population roughly estimated
to be between 4,000 and 6,500 individuals, are sparsely distributed in the mountains
of northern and central Asia, including part of the Himalaya Mountains.
In the Himalayas, snow leopards live in high alpine areas, above the treeline and
generally below 5,000 meters, where they are able to stealthily track their prey.
According a new study carried out by WWF scientists if greenhouse gas emissions continue
to increase steadily, 30 per cent of snow leopard habitat in the Himalayas may be
lost to treeline shift. The study shows that climate change presents a heightened
threat for snow leopards in the Himalaya Mountains and warmer and wetter conditions
in the Himalayas will likely result in forests ascending into alpine areas, the snow
leopards’ preferred habitat.
Researchers identified areas that are likely to remain resilient to the effects of
climate change, and would thus provide habitat to snow leopards under future climate
conditions. Many of these areas span national boundaries, emphasizing the need for
trans-boundary cooperation to protect this rare species.
Researchers also emphasised the need to minimise pervasive threats like illegal hunting,
human-wildlife conflict, and over-grazing of livestock in snow leopard habitat. Minimising
these concurrent threats will help snow leopards better deal with the additional
stress of losing habitat to climate change.