January 09

12-hr bandh passes off peacefully

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: The 12 hours district bandh called by All Kurung Kumey District Students Union (AKKDSU) has passed off peacefully without any reports of untoward incidents, claimed AKKDSU in a release today. AKKDSU called the bandh in protest against the district administration for its alleged failure to fulfill their demands. It sought for immediate suspension of three police personnel and other staffs who allegedly failed to perform their duties in electoral roll burning incident on 9th Dec 2013 at Hawa Camp. It also demanded suspension of Kurung Kumey District SP and district electoral officer (DC) for alleged failure to deploy enough police personnel and staffs inspite of knowing the hostile atmosphere post electoral summary revision in the district.


‘Arrest the culprits’

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: All East Kameng Student’s Union (AEKSU), in a letter to East Kameng Deputy Commissioner has demanded immediate arrest of those culprits involved in destroying Pacha Hydel Project.

Appreciating the DC and Superintendent of Police for deployment of police at Pacha Hydel Power House and Bazarune Power House, AEKSU appealed to the general public of the district to help administration apprehend the culprits involved in destruction of the hydel project.

Such anti-social activity will not only harass public but also worsen the woes of electricity-starved district, the students union said.

Taking strong exception to absenteeism by government officers and officials in the district which has badly affected the development front, AEKSU called upon people of the district to support the union to bring development.


AASSATA pleads for early release of salary

ITANAGAR, Jan 08:  The All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AASSATA) today reiterated its demand for an early release of its three months salary (October to December 2013).

In its representation to the SSA authority, AASSATA lamented that due to non-disbursement of monthly salary, SSA teachers are facing untold problems while discharging their duties. Claiming that entire elementary schools across the state are run and managed by SSA teachers, the association said that the authority should pay attention towards the hardship faced by teaching fraternity. At the same time the association appreciated the state government for enhancing its monthly salary way back in 2010, however, requested the government to take the matter seriously.


ZPC writes to CEO

ITANAGAR, Jan 08:  Kurung Kumey District Zilla Parishad Chairperson Sangha Tagik today wrote letter to the state Chief Electoral Officer claiming that some people are resorting to road blockade in district with an intention to stop fresh and decentralized hearing for summary revision of electoral rolls of four assembly constituencies in the district.  The Zilla Parishad Chairperson said that such act would create fear psychosis among the electoral officers and staff and could disrupt the fresh hearing process. Tagik further requested the authority to take urgent steps to ensure that the officer and electoral staffs reach at their respective place of hearing safely.


Silent protest at Tezu

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: The student community, women organizations and the family members of the victims of the infamous incident which took place on the intervening night of September 27 and 28, 2013 organized silent protest dharna near the Tezu market under the banner of All Mishmi Student Union (AMSU) during the visit of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and other prominent political leaders, including Rajya Sabha Member and APCC president Mukut Mithi, Union Minister Ninong Ering, Finance Minister Chowna Mein to Tezu to attend the Vikash Rally.

The dharna was held in the route from where the convoy of the Chief Minister passed to reach the venue of the rally. The Chief Minister’s convoy was greeted by 500-600 silent protestors, who were lined up on both side of the road by covering their mouths with black cloth and displaying posters and placards. The demand of the protestors included judicial enquiry into the infamous incident, immediate transfer of Lohit SP Tume Amo and SI CB Rai, the then Officer-in-Charge of the Tezu PS. The protesters also demanded to bring all the culprits irrespective of their post and position to book under appropriate provision of the law, publish and make public the report of the Special Investigation Team and also to drop the Parliamentary Secretary (PHED&WS) from the government and also his expulsion from the INC party.

The leaders of the AMSU and the members of the victim families have decided that until their grievances are not redressed or their demand not fulfilled they will continue their peaceful democratic movement to fight for justice.  


‘Strengthen the PPA’

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) president Nikh Kamin today called upon the people to strengthen the PPA, the only indigenous party of the state. Stating that the purpose of politics is to serve and not to be served, Kamin also welcomed some persons who joined the PPA expressing their full faith in the leadership of party’s chief ministerial candidate Laeta Umbrey. Tarh Tana a contested councilor has donated the party office, party said.

Addressing the huge Party workers Laeta Umbrey expressed that the people of the State are completely fed up with the high command culture of Congress and BJP whose primary aim, according to Umbrey, is to exploit the rich mineral, water and the cultural resources of the State through readymade MOA route.  He stated that the power of the public is supreme as displayed by the public of the national capital as well as by the Sikkimese and the Nagas through taking up common public issues.

Kahfa Bengia Working President of PPA appealed the public of the state not to be carried away by Narendra Modi or the Rahul Gandhi wave, rather, time has come for self introspection and self governance by its own regional model and planning. He appealed the people to wake up from the slumber and avoid the culture of ‘dependency syndrome.’ Yangbui Takik, City president also appealed the city dwellers to strengthen the regional party.


Awareness prog on fire safety

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: One day awareness programme on Fire Safety measures on Disaster Management was organized at Govt Higher Secondary School, Doimukh ground today.

The awareness programme was organized by the District Emergency centre cum Disaster Management cell, Papum Pare District, Yupia in collaboration with  Fire Service Department, Naharlagun.

Assistant Sub Inspector (Fire Service)  P C Roy  conducted  mock drill and briefed about various fire safety measures during any emergency or disaster period.

Doimukh ZPM Tana Yayo, EAC Doimukh Mamang Padung Doke, Dr.Una CO Gumto Circle, DDMO Preetha Menon, Principal, teachers, student and staff attended the programme. DIPRO


Dr. K K Deb retires

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: Arunachal Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and NPCB Cell gave emotional farewell to Dr. K K Deb, who has retired as Selection Grade Eye Specialist.

Dr. Deb, who joined the state health services as eye specialist in 1984 at Pasighat General Hospital, served selflessly for the people of this state when there was no eye care service provider in this remote state.

He was responsible for developing infrastructure for Eye care in the state and served as conduit between the State government and government of India in his capacity as Programme Officer of national Programme for Control of Blindness.

Dr. R. Doye, Jt. Director, Medical Education (Research & Training) and President of AAO Dr. Lobsang Tsetim, Dr. Bai Bam, Dr. T. Sorum, Dr. Taba Khanna, SPO (NPCB) and other staff in a farewell function organized here on January seven recounted the moments spent with Dr. Deb and lauded his contribution to health care especially eye care development in the state.


Delegate power & function to judicial officers: APLAS

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: The Arunachal Pradesh Legal Aid Society (APLAS) today appealed to the government to issue an order to delegate power and function of newly recruited judicial officers in the state.  

Claiming that three additional district and session judges, five chief judicial magistrates and  five  first class judicial magistrates have been recruited and posted in different districts,  the  APLAS, however, said that they (judicial officers) are not taking up any case as the state government has not issued an order yet to delegate power and function upon them.

It also said that delegation of power to recently recruited judicial officers would not only relieve the district and session judges from overburden of works but also lessen the heavy expenditure of litigants who use to attend  far-flung district and session court.


Shifting of RWD office demanded

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: The Youth Organization Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (YOMA) today demanded for early shifting of RWD head office to Laaying Yangte in Kurung Kumey district. In its representation to the RWD chief engineer, YOMA stated that entire requisite infrastructure has already been set up at Koloriang but the office is still functioning from Naharlagun. It further urged the authority to take the mater for consideration at the earliest.


News Impact

Vikas Rally organized to highlight Govt achievement at Tezu

Tuki lays foundation stones of 3 ambitious projects

TEZU, Jan 8: Second in the row – after the November 16, 2013 at Itanagar – a Vikas Rally was held here at Tezu Ground today to highlight the achievements made by the Arunachal Pradesh Government in recent years, particularly under the leadership of Nabam Tuki as the Chief Minister.

The rally was attended by Tuki along with Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Finance, PWD & Planning Minister Chowna Mein, Food & Civil Supply Minister Kamlung Mossang, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment & Forests C T Mein as well as local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for PHE Karikho Kri.

To mark the occasion, foundation stones of the three ambitious projects - District Secretariat, an Outdoor Stadium and a Cement Concrete township road – were laid by the Chief Minister.

Tuki observed that the District Secretariat would ease administration by resolving the communication gap between government departments and thus enhance work culture. He also remarked that concrete township roads will last longer offering easy and smooth transportation while the Stadium will give young sportsmen a proper ground to nurture their talents.

Addressing a mammoth crowd Tuki appealed youths to give more importance to education and self employment avenues to put a halt on burgeoning unemployment in the state. Dwelling upon the  Job Mela conducted at Itanagar last year, he said about 1000 youths have benefitted from the initiative and assured of similar melas at the district levels also.

Condemning ‘Bandh Culture’ in Arunachal Pradesh by various ‘self-styled’ organizations, Tuki cited these as hurdles on the path of development. He called upon the youths to act more responsibly and become partner, not hurdles, in development of the state.  The Chief Minister informed that a memorandum requesting a special economic package for Lohit district has been submitted to the Planning Ministry is under consideration.

Responding to various requests of the people of the district, Tuki assured to upgrade concerned government schools as necessary while introducing Science stream in the Indira Gandhi Government College of Tezu. He also assured that the demand for upgradation of Sunpura circle bordering Assam will be considered sympathetically.

Addressing a large crowd of Gaon Buras present on the occasion, he informed that Government acknowledged the role of Gaon Buras in local self governance and therefore has doubled their honorarium with two units free electricity and sanctioning of 16 lacs for conference halls specifically for GBs in the district.

Local MLA Karikho Kri informing the CM that drug abuse and trafficking is turning out to be a major menace in the district with brown sugar and cocaine being smuggled in flour and sugar bags, requested the CM to look into the matter.

The major highlights of the day were presentations to Gaon Buras, distribution of CM Talent Award to 80 students, Pratibha Khoj Award of Rs 6,000 to 20 girls, subsidized tractors to local farmers under the CM’s Agri-Mechanization Program and CM-special package of power sprayer to 8 beneficiaries.

Tezu DIPRO adds: Speaking on the occasion, Ninong Ering said that Trans-Arunachal Highway, Air-Field in Tezu will definitely contribute for a major development in the area. The Union Minister further said that many plans and policies of the Govts are being implemented. However, he said, “in a district like Lohit where drug abuse and unemployment is a major concern for all of us, it is also our individual as well as collective responsibility to create awareness  against drug abuse and work to make the district  a better place.”

Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi said “Vikas is what we can give back to our Land.” He lauded the Chief Minister for taking up developmental programmes especially for the benefit of farmers and youths of the state.

Minister Chowna Mein said “a socio-economic package which could be applied or used as an alternative to the existing system of cultivation is required to meet out this menace and added that all possible help will be provided under the supervision of Chief Minister.”

All the general populace of the district and adjoining Lower Dibang Valley district participated in the development rally.



Body of missing doctor Okit Peyang recovered

SEPPA, Jan 8: The decomposed body of Dr. Okit Peyang has been recovered after a gap of 18 days on January 7 last.

The 24 members’ team including members from East Kameng Health Assistant Association led by elder brother of the deceased found the death body ½ Km away from the confluence of Kameng and Bichom river. The death body was identified as Dr. Okit Peyang. They locate the body inside a rock caves pushed by the river waves in a rocky areas, 8 Kms away from Bana.

After having formalities of post-mortem, his body was cremated at the river bank as the body was not fit to be taken back to his home town Tuting of Upper Siang.

Late Dr. Peyang was reportedly had gone missing from Bana of East Kameng District since December 20.

Meanwhile, the family members of the deceased doctor expressed their gratitude to the administration, Police and health department, Sajalong Welfare Society, East Kameng Health Assistant Association & others who took pain during the search operation. DIPRO

Meanwhile, the Adi Baane Kebang deeply condoled the death of Dr.Okit Peyang and prayed Almighty God for eternal peace of the departed soul and share grief with the aggrieved family members.

Adi Baane Kebang also expressed their gratitude to East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tarin Dakpe, West Kameng Deputy Commissioner A.K. Singh along with their administrative staff, Army personnel , NES, Sajolong Welfare Society especially to Aju Kunjuju for helping to trace out the dead body of Dr. Okit Peyang. ABK also expressed their gratitude to all those individuals for their tireless effort in locating the deceased body.



4 State Information Commissioners sworn-in

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: Four members of the State Information Commission were sworn-in at a brief but impressive function held at the State Banquet hall here today.

The new members included former Minister of State for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and Cooperation, Eken Riba, law expert and RTI activist Matheim Linggi, social worker and women & child welfare activist Nanom Jamoh and social worker and Jt Secretary Indian Weightlifting Federation & Arunachal Weightlifting Association President Abraham K Techi.

State Chief Information Commissioner (SCIC) Y  D Thongchi administered the oath to the State Information Commissioners amidst presence of dignitaries and senior government officers.

Earlier, Commissioner Administrative Reforms read out the order of appointment of the four Information Commissioners. The appointments were made in exercise of the power conferred by the section 15 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (No. 22 of 2005) and on the recommendation of the committee constituted vide Notification No. AR-113/2011 dated 17th October, 2013. DIPR



BJP alleges mismanagement by Raj Bhawan Secretariat

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: Taking strong exception to the alleged mismanagement of appointments in Raj Bhawan by the Raj Bhavan Secretariat, the State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has flayed Secretary to Governor for ‘politicizing the constitutional office.’

In a release, BJP state office informed that two former Lok Sabha Member of Parliaments Tapir Gao and Kiren Rijiju were asked to call on the Governor anytime in the first week of January 2014 after confirming the convenience and availability of the Governor from Governor’s Secretariat vide letter No. GS/BJP/2012/5090 dated December 30, 2013.

‘This letter was sent to party office by the Secretary to Governor Dr. Sachin Shinde,’ said BJP State President, Tai Tagak while confirming that this letter was in connection with miscommunication that took place during President of India’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh in November last.

“It was shocking to receive a letter from Dr. Shinde alleging that half of the BJP delegates had gate-crashed despite seeking appointment in the name of two former MPs from the state,” Tagak said.  BJP state unit while condemning the tone of the letter written by Dr. Shinde has clarified that letter for appointment with the President of India was signed under the seal of State General Secretary of BJP Dominic Tadar and a letter of confirmation for the appointment was received from President of India’s office vide No. GOV/TV-2013/4322 dated 29th November 2013.

‘It was nowhere mentioned that the appointment was for only two former parliamentarians. Rather, the list had 7 BJP state leaders’ name,’ informed Tagak. He also said that since three members were out of station, rest of the four members had met the President. Tagak claimed that the change in members of the delegation were legitimately conveyed and had the security clearance to meet the visiting President.

In response to January 4 letter, the party office received a call from section officer (liaison), Raj Bhavan Secretariat, confirming appointment for two former parliamentarians at 4 pm today afternoon. Accordingly, the BJP’s senior leaders arrived at the gate. However, one of them was made to wait for more than half an hour only to deny appointment later.

‘We do not appreciate such rude and irresponsible behavior of an official belonging to well-bred IAS cadre,” Tagak said.



PPA’s City Youth president, his friend beaten by police

ITANAGAR, Jan 08: PPA’s City Youth president and his friend were allegedly beaten by police without any provocation at State Transports Station (STS), Itanagar premises on January five at around 5.30 am.

The victims Biki Punung, PPA City Youth president and his friend Raju Dui, in their complaint letter to Superintendent of Police, Itanagar, claimed that a team of police from Itanagar police station led by I.O. P Baruah, which arrived at STS office premises on being informed of a dispute between two parties, started to beat both of them mercilessly without any provocation and knowing the real fact of the incident.

The incident occurred when the victim duo went to the STS office to buy bus ticket for Shillong and were trying to negotiate the dispute between the two parties. “Despite our non-involvement in the dispute, we were beaten mercilessly and taken into police custody,” they claimed, and appealed to the SP to take necessary action against those erring police personnel.



Delay in ‘forest clearance’ hits highway construction

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Jan 08: Undue delay in “forest clearance” against 10 km portion of National Highway-52 passing through Lower Dibang Valley district is hitting road construction work, sources from Border Road Organization (BRO), entrusted for reconstruction of the National Highway-52, informed.

Sources said that delay forest clearance for a 10 km stretch from Sissari river to Sinekorong by Union Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) is hitting highway construction in Lower Dibang Valley district. BRO officials said that they are making all out efforts to rapid progress of the highway therein, but the ministry has not yet issued forest clearance for the portion.

“We have timely submitted necessary proposal with the MoEF, but the ministry is delaying the forest clearance. We are completing highway works in East Siang soon and all set to start work in Lower Dibang Valley portion”, said the executive engineer (Officer Commanding) of 1443 BCC of BRO, Pankaj Kumar.

The officer Commanding (OC) further informed that the BRO, under its “Project Brahmank” has started construction of RCC bridge over Sissari river along the highway. The bridge is also expected to complete in the current year. The height of the bridge is about 22 meters.

The BRO has completed highway construction between Sille and Raneghat (Pasighat) and making rapid progress of the road between Mebo and Sissari river point. Apart from three small portions in between Sille and Rani villages, black topping, road marking and construction of side bars and barriers at bridge points at the 31 km portion is almost complete.

The BRO earlier completed construction of 12 km- stretch of the highway from Ruksin gate to Sille- Teromile and another 10 km portion from Raneghat to Mebo town under the district.

BRO sources said it would finish road works between Sille and Pasighat within March this year, while it is planning to complete the remaining portion i.e. from Siluk to Sissari within the month of February next.

When asked about reconstruction of the existing narrow RCC bridges along NH-52, the BRO officials said that the matter was under consideration of Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRT). The decision may either be widening the bridge or construction of an additional RCC bridge aside the existing bridge points, they affirmed.



West  Siang, Changlang gear up for first round PPI prog

ITANAGAR, Jan 8: In a meeting held under the Chairmanship of M  K Sahoo Deputy Commissioner West Siang at his officer chamber Aalo yesterday, the District Task Force on Pulse Polio Immunization Programme made elaborate arrangements to launch first round of Pulse Polio Immunization Programme for the year 2014. Under this programme, altogether 275 booths have been identified to administer polio dozes to around 16000 children falling in the age group of 0-5years.

Emphasizing the need to give adequate coverage in West Siang District, the DC has asked all ADC, EACs and COs to conduct meeting in their respective places to work out transportation, accommodation and work force to make the programme a successful one.

Dr. Kengo Ori, DFWO briefed about the aims and objectives of the programme and informed that the two decades of immunization programme has drastically reduced polio cases in the district. Since this routine immunization programme is a heavy duty, the medical department will largely depend on District Administration for transportation and mobilization and ICDS and Education Department for men power. He appealed all departments to extend all cooperation to launch this programme in a successful manner.

DTF members also presented their useful suggestions to carry out the programme.

CHANGLANG: The meeting of the District Task Force for IPPI was held today at the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner, Changlang. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav.

The District Task Force for JE Campaign was also simultaneously conducted. The meeting was attended by the members of the District Task Force for IPPI & JE Campaign.

Dr. P Dutta, DMO Changlang briefed the house about the objectives of the meeting and its importance.

Dr.Tope Yomcha, DRCHO, Changlang through power point presentation presented the comparative performance of the two rounds of the previous year. The review was taken by the Chairperson herself in detail. And the global and national status of the prevalence of WPV was also presented through power point presentation where in need to sustain the polio free status was emphasized.

In her remarks the DC cum Chairperson of DTF, Chanchal Yadav emphasized on hundred percent success in the ensuing IPPI rounds. She informed the house that the sortie to Vijoynagar for lifting of vaccines and logistics have been arranged through Director of Civil Aviation, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. She also assured to co-operate in all aspects for the success of the IPPI programme in Changlang District.

This was followed by another power point presentation on launching of JE Campaign in Changlang District which is tentatively scheduled on January 30, subject to approval from the state. The timeline for JE Campaign and the readiness of the health facilities was reviewed and found satisfactory with microplans.

The Chairperson of the District Task Force urged the members present to extend their co-operation and make the JE Campaign a success and an exemplary campaign for the state too. DIPROs



Taku inaugurates Teachers’ football tourney

Seppa, Jan 8: Sports Authority of Arunachal, Chairman Tapuk Taku inaugurated the  2nd Teachers’ Trophy Football Tourney at Seppa on January 6.

Taku while underscoring the importance of teacher in the society advised the students to respect the teacher and also urged the teacher to maintained proper dress and decorum while in the class. He also stressed on the cordial relationship between students and teacher.

He highlighted the steps taken by the state Govt. for promotion of sports and various provisions of the sports policy for the players. He appealed the people not to involve in negative activities like bandh call which deterred the developmental process. He also exhorted the youth not to go astray rather should availed the facilities and trained themselves for gainful employment under skill development of the state Govt.

While responding to a two point memorandum, he assured to take up the matter with concerned authorities.

B.Dada, ATA unit president said that quality of education is must to overcome backwardness and teacher as a source of knowledge try hard to transmit knowledge.

Mama Natung said that the teachers are the builder of the nations for which we shouldn’t forget the contribution of teachers and should pay respect to the teachers.

B Sonam, ZPM also spokes on the occasion.

In the inaugural match Teachers-XI  beat LKFC by 3-2. DIPRO



Constituency level football and volleyball tournament for CM’s  trophy in LDV ends

ROING, Jan 8: The Football and Volleyball tournament on Chief Minister’s Trophy at constituency level concluded in the district yesterday.

At 42nd Dambuk A/C, Parbuk won the 1st prize and Jia won the 2nd prize in men’s football. In Women football, Parbuk (Senior) won the 1st and Parbuk (Junior) won the 2nd prize. In Men’s Volleyball, Kangkong VI stood 1st while Parbuk VI stood 2nd and in women’s Volleyball, Parbuk (sr) won the 1st and Parbuk (jr) won the 2nd prize.

Kaling Pertin, ZPM Dambuk and Emumi Mega, District Youth Congress Secretary attended the closing ceremony at Lalung Football Ground, Parbuk.

At 43rd Roing A/C, Cheta won the 1st prize and Hunli-Desali won the 2nd prize in men’s football while Mayu won the 1st prize and Cheta won the 2nd prize in women’s football. In Volleyball, Hunli-Desali stood 1st and Abali stood 2nd in men category while in volleyball women, Mayu got the 1st prize and Cheta got the 2nd prize.

Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar, and SP B K Singh attended the closing ceremony at General Ground, Roing.

The District Level Tournament will be played between the winners of the Constituency Level at General Ground, Roing  from January last week.



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---- Readers Forum ----


Pollution worries for Kameng River

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to highlight the pollution caused to mighty Kameng River. Today high population is posing serious environmental problems to Kameng River. The river bank is full of broken alcohol bottles and plastics. That main worry is how pollution in Kameng River will affect human beings and animals that are dependent on this river? The prevention of water pollution is necessary for safe life.

Lastly, I specially request our brothers and sisters of Kameng belt please do not throw garbage in Kameng River.


Simal Ranje,

Jawa Camp,

Khenewa Circle



Unfair to blame teachers

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily would like to let concern authority know about the problems of the SSA teachers of the state. It has been three months since their salary has not been disbursed because of which they are unable to serve their duty in full swing. SSA teachers are posted in far flung areas of the state. Due to non-payment of salary teachers are compel to return to their respective homes leaving their duties behind. The teachers alone should not be blamed for such action. It is all because of the failure of the authority to disburse their salary on time.


Mijom Ering

Mirbuk Village



Police helpline is helpless

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to express my grave concern over Arunachal Pradesh police (APP)'s irresponsible attitude towards the denizens of capital complex, Itanagar. It is surprising that police of capital complex do not respond to the calls made on their helpline numbers. I am relating this message in view of my last night’s experience. I was brutally assaulted. For help I called Itanagar  police station  but alas! No help came. I received serious injuries and only god knows how will be my recovery? Now few questions I would like to put before police authorities are - is the helpline numbers provided in local newspapers only for namesake? Is this how police act as guardian of law and order and people? And what if I was not alive today? I do not feel any kind of hesitation in sharing my experience to this daily as now I have understood that the police of capital complex, Itanagar are hopeless. These police do not respond to their helpline numbers. It seems, now, we have to take law in our own hands. Through this esteemed daily I would like to state that the police of capital complex, Itanagar are hopeless and meaningless. To me they are no more guardian of law.


N. Taki,







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Repeated incident of bank robbery is distressing citizens

At present it seems some sort of circus is going in the state. Every time police claims to have solved bank robbery case, report of a new robbery incident pours in. Few days ago on the day  capital police claimed to have solved Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank Ganga branch robbery case, the robbers looted SBI staffs when they were about to deposit cash at Nirjuli ATM booth. Yesterday the robbers looted 7 lacs from Rural Bank’s Yachuli branch. This comes immediately after capital police arrested two people and recovered 23 lakhs in regards to Nirjuli ATM Booth heist.

The series of bank robbery incidents does not augur well for the people of state. It shows that law and order has completely broken down. Most importantly state police are becoming laughing stock. Why they are not able to prevent such incidents from occurring repeatedly? Especially it becomes matter of serious concern, when such incident is reported on regular basis from capital complex. The government of Arunachal should step in and take vital decision to improve bank security across the state.