Roing under seige, Govt order magisterial enquiry
ROING, Aug 3: The Roing town today was under siege, as mob went berserk rampaging
govt offices and building. A rumor that three IRBn personnel named in killing 55-year-old
man Miti Mepo was flown out of town sparked the riot.
The protestors were demanding arrest of the culprits and when the rumor started to
spread that they were not even arrested and instead flown away, the public got agitated
and then went on rampage.
Within minutes, whole town came to standstill, as angry mob went about rampaging
govt offices for four hours. First the mob attacked Deputy Commissioner’s office
and started damaging whatever came in their way. Office chamber of Extra Assistant
Commissioner and Judicial Chamber was partially damaged, as some attackers tried
to burn down the office. All the office chambers in the office compound were completely
ransacked, including that of Deputy Commissioner herself.
Police vehicles stationed outside the building was also damaged. Some few policemen
who were inside the police station lay helpless being outnumbered, as mob went about
doing their job.
The office of the Superintendent of Police was also not spared as the mob went about
ransacking the whole building.
When they started approaching towards Arunachal Armed Police barrack, they were stopped
by policemen with gun fire raging the air, going for few minutes. Even then the mob
went on challenging the armed police personnel. The mob retreated after some senior
members intervened requesting them to disperse, then they finally retreated.
The rampage went about even when a large crowd had gathered in a meeting called by
Idu Mishmi Culture and Literary Society (ICLS) in the Rehko (Idu Mishmi traditional
hall) compound to discuss on demands to be placed before the visiting State Police
head. Director General of Police, Ms Kanwaljit Deol had flown today morning straight
from Itanagar to Roing hearing about the last night incident. She was accompanied
by DIG Robin Hibu and Itanagar SP Chuku Apa.
Culprit surrenders at
7 am today morning
Though the incident of attack on late Miti Mepo took place yesterday at around 8
pm, the IRBn personnel involved surrendered today at around 7 am in the morning to
OC J Molo, 10 hours after they had remained holed up inside their room in the IRBn
The three IRBn personnel accused in the murder, fearing of mob attack, locked themselves
inside a room, with their service rifles. They refused to surrender until the mob
cleared out of the compound.
After the crowd had left, CRPF personnel were deployed to take control of the situation
and fire service called in. It was 3 am early in the morning, when situation was
The three IRBn personnel have been identified as Constable Nikja Raja, MK Tikhak
and S Songthing. Along with the three, seven more other IRBn personnel also were
trapped inside, along with Sub Inspector B Borang.
‘We don’t want indiscipline
Coming out heavily against the three accused IRBn personnel, the visiting DGP Deol
said, “Departmental action will be initiated against the three IRBn personnel accused
in the murder.”
Meanwhile, MLA appealed the AIMSU members not to call any bandhs and assured to support
any union’s stand if there is proper consultation. Condemning the act of IRBn personnel,
he called for appropriate disciplinary action against them.
W Ringu sharing her anguish with the family and community, said, “Silence of administration
doesn’t mean its weak, but it is a restraint to share the pain.”
No trust in the system
The common sentiment arising out of the meeting with visiting police head was about
how people were starting to loose faith in the system.
A young student member said, “We don’t have much expectation from the govt, since
we know, at the most, the culprits will be initiated with some disciplinary actions,
and then expressing inability because of the legal loopholes, ultimately they will
Another community member said, “When the officials involved in the Rs 15 crore heist
can roam so freely, what is the guarantee that the IRBn personnel will be punished?”
Expressing total lack of faith in the govt, in utter frustration, a member of the
bereaved family demanded handover of the culprits to the community, so that they
can be punished according to law of the land.
AIMSU secretary Rajiv Mihu, echoing the public concern too expressed lack of faith
in the govt.
In a joint demand made along with ICLS, they demanded for immediate termination from
job of the accused IRBn personnel and proper compensation to the bereaved family.
Aftermath of rampage
At evening, MLA Umbery accompanied by Deputy Commissioner and several other govt
officials went about to inspect the extent of damage caused in the rampage.
He expressed regret that people do not understand that ultimately they are destroying
their own property.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has ordered for a magisterial enquiry to
bring to light the whole incident.
He ordered for immediate release of Rs. 5 lacs to the victim’s family as compensation
and has assured to take punitive actions against the culprits found guilty in the
The chief minister has appealed the people of the state to have faith on the government
as it is taking all out effort to ensure that the culprits are rightly punished according
to the law of land.
All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has strongly condemned the merciless
attack on Miti Mepo allegedly by the IRBN personnel which resulted into his death
on Monday evening in Roing, Lower Dibang Valley.
AAPSU urged the concern authority to give exemplary punishment to the culprits involved
in the incident at the earliest possible time.
AAPSU president Takam Tatung said that the latest incident has once again proved
that security personnel are themselves responsible for taking law into their hand
instead of up-keeping it. “When the law keepers itself take law into their hand,
what can you expect? Where will you go?” question Tatung. The Union urged the State
government and its Home Department for introspection and answer all the queries of
the people of the State regarding complete failure in security system.
The Union, meanwhile, fielded for early establishment of a State Human Right Commission
in the State.
Global Human Rights Organisation (GHRO) while condemning the incident demanded immediate
arrest of erring IRBn personnel. It also asked the state government for establishment
State Human Rights Commission for redressal of people’s grievances.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) condemned the alleged attack of IRBn personnel on
one Miti Mepo in Roing leading to his death yesterday. Claiming that many similar
incidents have been taking place in various parts of the state at the hand of uniform-men,
the Party said the people have lost faith on Govt machinery due to deteriorating
law and order situation in the state. The BJP demanded white paper on law and order
situation and formulation of proper strategy to prevent such unwanted incidents
before it goes out of the hand.
Mesmerized school children’s unforgettable date with Kalam
ITANAGAR, Aug 3: It was dream come true for many students of the state Capital to
hear the thoughtful speech of former President of India Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, when
he addressed the students at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhawan here today.
Around 500 enthusiastic school children, parents and teachers welcomed Kalam with
a standing ovation at the Hall.
“You have beautiful gift in the form of land of Arunachal Pradesh,” said Dr Kalam
who was fascinated with the enchanting beauty of Arunachal Pradesh.
In his characteristic fashion, the former President of India who is often called
the People’s President impressed upon children about the need to be righteous
Inspiring the students with anecdotes from the lives of prominent personalities,
Dr Kalam asked the children to have courage to think differently, to discover the
impossible and have ambition in life. “Knowledge makes you great,” he said to the
Dr Kalam asked the school children to develop reading habit and establish a home
library. He said “a library is a life-long treasure and precious asset of a family.”
Dr Kalam also covered wide range of topics from the power of knowledge to missile
technology to the need of clean environment during his interactive session with the
State Governor J J Singh described the event as most illuminating and memorable one
with the inspiring speech of Dr Kalam, who apart from being a good human, is a
scientist and philosopher.
Singh was of the view that every individual should utilize the god gifted brain
fully and think differently for personal as well as nation’s development.
Earlier, NERIST director Joram Begi lauded Dr Kalam for his mission to make the
children and youth of the country good human beings.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, his ministerial colleagues, Govt officers and large
number of invitees attended the programme.
The opt repeated Govt recipe
Even as the state awaits justice for Late Jumchi (Tachi) Nguso who died at the hands
of State Police on July 15, there is yet another report of police brutality that
resulted in a death. This time it was Miti Mepo, a father of four children who died
after being given the infamous Police treatment last night at Roing.
Allegedly, he was beaten up so bad by the IRBn personnel that he died within half
an hour after he was brought to the hospital.
The citizens took on from there. Frustration, anger and despair drove the people
to take out their anger at public property.
Time and again when the justice fails, it is only matter of time people takes law
into their hands because they know unless they use force nothing tangible is going
to come out. Be warned that this is just the beginning.
The People First government and its Home Ministry need to answer to its citizens.
It needs to look beyond opt repeated recipe of announcing compensatory money, a govt
job for the victim’s family and suspension of the erring personnel in uniform and
enquiries that takes ages to complete. The recipe so often used by the government
to legitimise these heartbreaking deaths is almost laughable and it borders on absolute
Going by the precedence, it looks like government is contemplating to create a department
that would exclusively dish out compensatory money for those at the receiving ends
of the Police brutality.
Is the government daring its own citizens or are they on a mission to test the patience
of the people?
IRBn has for long been associated with violence. These young boys who are barely
out of their teens instead of being upholders of law have been in news for a long
time for taking law into their hands.
Intriguingly the government has legitimised the brutal actions of these mindless
young boys by refusing to do anything substantial. It’s about time, government take
control of these boys before citizens start acting.
And going by the Naharlagun and Roing incidents, it’s only a matter of time, citizens
decide for themselves what they want to do to ensure public safety. Gone are the
days, when people accepted whatever they were given.
NERIST awaits People’s President
ITANAGAR, Aug 3: NERIST is all set for its second convocation scheduled for Wednesday
which would be attended by People’s President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
The former President of India would deliver the Convocation address and award Gold
Medals and Degrees to the successful students in the fields of sciences, technology
NERIST shall award I5 M. Tech, 10 M. Sc. (FO), 12 MBA, 171 B. Tech. and 11 B. Sc.
(FO) degrees, including 10 Gold medals for the year 2009, and for the year 2010,
11 M. Tech., 11 M. Sc. (FO), 34 MBA, 125 B. Tech. and 15 B. Sc. (FO) degrees, along
with 10 Gold medals, in the Convocation on 4th August, 2010. This year NERIST will
also be awarding its first Ph. D. degree to a Computer Sc. and Engineering scholar.
Besides, Diploma Module and Certificate Module pass out students of both 2009 and
2010 batch are going to get their diplomas and certificates.
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Gen. J. J. Singh, who is also the President of the
NERIST Society, Prof. Gautam Baruah, Director of IIT-Guwahati and who is also the
Chairman of NERIST Board of Management, and a host of other dignitaries are slated
to grace the occasion.
Citizen tortured by Assam Police, ANSU demands action
ITANAGAR, Aug 3: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has drawn the attention of state
government towards the incident of 2nd August in which one Talla Joram of Village
Joram, Lower Subansiri district was brutally tortured by Assam police at Laluk without
any valid reasons.
ANSU has described this act as an attempt to murder and has requested authorities
to punish those erring officers under provision of Indian law. P Nath, officer-in-charge,
Pankaj Kumar Ray, sub-inspector and a couple of constable who were on duty mercilessly
tortured Tall Joram physically and mentally. It is to be noted that Laluk is an important
section through which people of Arunachal crosses everyday to their respective destination.
ANSU has urged state government to immediately intervene in this regard and pursue
the matter with their Assam counterparts.
NABARD promotional prog
ITANAGAR, Aug 3: NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office, in its effort to provide
benefit of its promotional programmes in every district of Arunachal Pradesh would
be conducting a one day Programme on its promotional programmes, in collaboration
with District Administration, at Koloriang on Aug 5.
The Chief Guest of the Programme would be Bidol Tayeng, Deputy Commissioner, Kurung
Kumey, which will be attended by officials from Government Departments, Banks, Lead
District Manager, KVK, banks, Public Representatives, SHGs and NGOs. The Programme
is aimed at creating awareness among the people regarding the various schemes of
NABARD as well as centrally sponsored schemes being implemented through NABARD. This
will provide opportunity to farmers, unemployed youth, entrepreneurs to sharpen their
skill, get knowledge of latest technology, attend employment generating programmes,
improve productivity and bring diversification resulting in overall economic growth
of the district and also increase financial inclusion in the district.
‘Maintain recruitment guideline’
ITANAGAR, Aug 3: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) and Totpu Panchayat
Youth Welfare Society urged the head of institutions like Principal, Headmaster and
Teacher In-charge of various schools to issue release orders to those teachers who
had been recently transferred under APPDSU Teacher Drive within seven days. Both
the organizations also appealed to the deputy commissioner and Papum Pare DDSE not
to entertain retention case of transferred out teachers in any circumstances.
While expressing resentment over teachers’ reluctance to join duty at their new posting
places, they demanded the authorities concerned to hold up payments of those in-obedient
Commenting that non-release of salaries to SSA teachers on time also made them less
interested in their profession, TPYWS appealed to the state government to also release
stipend to students regularly so that necessary educational expenses of the students
could be met out of that.
Land acquisition by Army
ITANAGAR, Aug 3: Commander 82 Mountain Brigade Along and ADC Hayuliang R.K.Borthakur,
held a meeting on Aug 3 for acquiring proposed land for defence establishment at
Chaglogam and Metengliang.
The Commander, along with Circle Officer, Chaglagam and Commanding Officer, 14th
Jak Rifles, Hayuliang inspected the proposed site at Metengliang.
The Commander, later visited Metengliang Middle School and distributed some textbooks
and notebooks to the students.
Coordination meeting of 11th West Seppa
Bana, Aug 3: During a coordination meeting of MLA, local administration, PRI leaders,
held at tourist lodge Bana recently it was unanimously resolved that all the irregular
and erring teachers and other govt. officeil shall be terminated as per the CCS rules.
MLA Tani Loffa assured the people of more developmental scheme in the days to come.
Appealing the people to forget the differences, he said the election and the politics
is over and it is times to work together for the development of the area. Adding
that one should not depend only on the construction departments like PWD, RWD and
Electrical rather they should look forward to other departments like agriculture,
horticulture and fishery for the development of the society.
Loffa asked EAC Bana, W. Ramdasow to take strong action against those who are not
sincere in their duties and the responsibilities.
Farmers Club at Roing
ITANAGAR, Aug 3: National youth Project of Arunachal Pradesh inaugurated 10 Farmers
Club under Roing Circle in Lower Dibang Valley.
In the Inaugural function more than 150 participants attended which was chaired by
District Horticulture Officer S.K.S Gautham.
He assured the farmers clubs to extend all his possible help which may encourage
the farmers to take up number of activities other than traditional practices.
On the day the officers highlighted number of issues related to promotion of farmers
in various agricultural and allied activities.
SBI Branch Manager Jiban Das assured the farmers club to extend all his possible
afford to help the Farmers related to bank loan.
Association urges NERIST to follow guidelines
ITANAGAR, Aug 3: Nirjuli Contractors’ Welfare Association (NCWA) demanded the NERIST
BoM to strictly maintain recruitment guidelines against all categories of posts for
Arunachalees at NERIST.
Reminding the NERIST authority regarding appointments in various grades, the association
claimed that one person is absorbed in Grade ‘A’ and ‘B’ while in Grade ‘C’ and ‘D’
it is five percent against total 45 per cent.
According to letter issued by the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances
and Pensions, department of Personnel and Training, the total quota of reservation
for the STs of Arunachal Pradesh in all categories of posts is 45 percent. The association
demanded the NERIST authority to provide maximum opportunity to the locality of the
‘Stay at posting place’
ITANAGAR, Aug 3: Kargu Kardi Students Union demanded the District Administration
and the State Government to direct the absentee and duty evading Govt. employees
of various Departments to go back to their posted area and attend their duties. It
appealed the concerned authority to act fast and said that all absentee staffs should
return to their duties before Aug 15. Otherwise the union will have no option but
to agitate, a release stated.
Temporary offices are being run in rented apartments at the District Headquarters,
the Union said while adding that employees are being provided with Govt. Quarters
in the Headquarters whereas they are serving at outpost. The poor villagers are left
with uncountable hardship in absence of employees at their posted places and they
have to travel all the way to the District Headquarter (Aalo) for meager official
work, it said.
Society alarmed at indiscriminate killing of animal
ITANAGAR, Aug 3: Despite ban slaughtering of sheep & Yak was banned at Tawang in
2009, there are reports of slaughtering of Sheep by the local butchers in the township
of Tawang for commercial purposes. Environment Protection Society, Tawang in collaboration
with YUVA lodged a complaint against the offenders and got them convicted today in
the district court.
As per a survey carried out, EPS says that indiscriminate killing of Yak and indigenous
sheep for meat purpose, have endangered these species and these are at the verge
EPS said that sheep and Yak have a close relation with day to day socio cultural
activities of local populace of the district and extinction would adversely effect
in the Monpa society irreparably. EPS calls on all members of society to work for
preservation of these precious animals.