ITANAGAR, Jul 15: Disappointed with the sudden rise in crime rate, particularly in the Capital Complex, the Arunachal Pradesh unit of North East Human Rights Organisation (NEHRO) on Saturday submitted a representation to Chief Minister Pema Khandu seeking his attention into the deteriorating law and order situation.
Addressing reporters, state NEHRO President Vijoy Mize said, “The law and order situation is escalating in an alarming rate in the state’s capital as reports of molestation, murder, assault and extortion etc is increasing with each passing day. And all of this is happening despite of us having a minister as well as a parliamentary secretary at the Home Department”.
Claiming that the lack of manpower in the Police Department is one of the key reasons for crimes on almost a daily basis, NEHRO General Secretary Buteng Tayeng said, “It is high time that the government start working on recruitment of adequate police forces and improve the security infrastructure of the state.
Tayeng said that the strength of police force in the Itanagar Police Station is only 53, whereas the sanctioned strength is that of 182. Similar is the situation with Sub Inspectors and there are only eight SIs against 161 posts vacant.
In terms of strengthening the security scenario in the Capital Complex, the NEHRO was of the opinion that CCTVs, high masts should be installed at all the strategic locations and at the same time the entire stretch from Banderdewa to Hollongi should be declared a high security zone.
Meanwhile, the NEHRO has also put other demands in front of the Chief Minister, which include recognizing late Nada Umbin (IRBn constable who died in a chopper crash at Sagalee) as a martyr, immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the alleged murder of late Ojing Tayeng, a student leader, and arrest of miscreants involved in the kidnapping of Sarwan Sharma, a businessman in Lohit district.