Arunachal Congress seeks CBI inquiry into Khandu copter crash
New Delhi, Oct 10: Members of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh and the State Congress
has requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to institute a CBI inquiry into the chopper
crash of April 30 earlier this year which resulted in the death of state Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu along with four others.
The party in a joint letter signed by its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs along with
the State Pradesh Congress Committee President Nabam Tuki, submitted to the Prime
Minister on October 7, has pointed out that despite the directive from the Central
Government that only twin engine helicopters could be used for ferrying the VIP/VVIPs,
the norm was flouted and queried under what circumstances was it done as this was
a single engine chopper.
Preliminary inquiry report, submitted by (Ret) Chief Air Marshal P S Ahluwalia, says
that the chopper chose to fly the unsafe shorter air route by flying over Sela Pass
to reach Itanagar instead of the conventional longer route via Guwahati.
Secondly, why was there no data flight recorder or cockpit voice recorder in the
ill-fated helicopter, the letter said.
Under these circumstances only a CBI inquiry could bring out the entire truth behind
the chopper crash, the letter added. UNI
ITANAGAR, Oct 10: The Arunachal Indigenous Tribe’s Forum (AITF) has strongly condemned
the firing incident which occurred on 5th October, where many innocent students and
people were injured.
Demanding impartial judicial inquiry to find out the truth and give exemplary punishment
to the persons responsible for the incident, the Forum expressed displeasure over
the role of district administration and police personnel and demanded that the state
govt. should ensure the people of Roing and the state as a whole that such unfortunate
incident do not occur again in future.
AITF also demanded that all victims should be provided free medical treatment along
with suitable compensation to the families of the victims.
Meanwhile, the Forum appealed to the people of Roing to maintain peace and tranquility
and let the rule of law prevail for the greater interest of the state.
RKM decries violence in its compound
ITANAGAR, Oct 10: The Ramakrishna Mission Hospital has condemned the incident which
followed at R.K. Mission Hospital following a road traffic accident on 2nd October.
Terming it unimaginable and condemnable, the RKM authority said that following the
death of one who was a student of D N College a group of students from DN College
started threatening the doctor on duty and the sisters. In a violent fit they started
breaking the glasses of the emergency wing of the hospital and throwing dressing
The Two of the 5 people who met with an accident were brought in a very critical
condition. The doctors and nurses took utmost care and tried their level best but
owing to the seriousness of the accident and multiple injuries two died.
When police came to handle the situation the police were also man-handled and one
police officer was physically assaulted, it said.
“Arunachalis take special pride in our respect for fellow beings. Hence it was so
illogical as the group was pressuring the police to arrest the other grievously injured
patient. Another person who was brought by police for treatment at the same time
was also beaten by the students without any reason. He had no connection whatsoever
with this incident. The students were also accusing the doctors and paramedical staffs
of negligence whereas the doctors tried their level best to save the lives, it said.
Local administration and paramilitary forces had to come to the scene to control
It was totally a shameful act by the miscreants as they had forgotten the very basic
ethics and principles of humanity. It expected that educated youths act in a justified,
logical manner understanding the situation rather than resorting to unlawful means
in violent mood, it said.
“The doctors and paramedical staffs of R.K. Mission, for that matter of any hospital
in the state, treat every patient with utmost care. Instead of taking pride in having
such facilities in the state they treat the doctors and staffs with an animosity
that is completely beyond one’s comprehension”, the press release added.
It has become difficult nowadays to impart care and selfless service to the patients
owing to frequent threats from the patient party. R.K. Mission Hospital, Itanagar
and Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun are the tertiary care centers for the state
but face such unhealthy situations and threats frequently.
The whole community, irrespective of tribe, caste, religion and region, should come
forward and discourage such practice and punish such persons who are involved in
such unlawful and inhuman acts. If such acts continue, then no one would come forward
to treat such critically ill patients or road traffic accidents, it added.
The R.K. Mission Authority and doctor’s welfare association deeply mourn for the
two who passed away but criticize the act, which occurred in the emergency wing of
the hospital, the release added.
IMCLS demands CBI enquiry as it hold DC, SP responsible for Roing firing
ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Idu Mishmi Cultural and literary Society (IMCLS) have demanded
CBI investigation into the Roing firing incident that left many students injured.
It also demanded enquiry by high court sitting judge, immediate suspension of Deputy
Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, registration of case against SP and D.C
involved for supervising the indiscriminate firing and registration of separate case
under appropriate law against Superintendent of Police for ordering firing in hospital
premises, arrest of SI.S. Lenka, OC-Roing Police Station, arrest of STF,IRBN,CRPF
Personnel and Magistrate on duty and payment of compensation to all the injured.
In a letter to the Home Ministry, Tone Mickrow, General Secretary, IMCLS, said that
it hold the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, Lower Dibang Valley
solely responsible for the Durga Puja incident in which school children were indiscriminately
shot by the special task force police. The students were brutally manhandled and
then fired at without any provocation, whatsoever, it said.
The superintendent of police Veenu Bansal has misled the whole media by saying that
there was presence of Maoists in the Durga puja pandal, it said while adding that
the superintendent of police along with the special task force and CRPF personnel
forcibly tried to enter the government hospital premises. The SP even went upto
the extent of saying that the gates of the hospital would be broken if he was not
allowed to enter it, it said. The firing was ordered by the SP within the hospital
compound itself whereas even at the times of war, the medical set up is always untouched
and this exhibits the gross indiscipline on the part of the Superintendent of police
for human rights, it said.
It further said that past few months the administration has been proactively propagating
the existence of anti –social Maoists among our people.
“We are sad to note that such excuses have been prefabricated to incite confusion
and fear psychosis among us ultimately paving the way for such a firing at the school
children, at will. If at all there is Maoist among us please establish the same’
the IMCS demanded.
The immediate compensation amount of Rs. 10 lakhs given by the state government have
been disbursed to all the injured. Nine injured have been compensated with Rs. 1
lakhs each and Rs. 49,000/- each has been distributed to the two persons with minor
ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh today demanded special
Assembly session to prove the confidence of the present Govt.
Expressing concern over the prevailing situation in the state followed by frequent
bandhs being called by various aggrieved organization in the state, state BJP in
its emergency meeting here today said the state Govt has lost its confidence and
has no moral right to stay in office when the various development activities, peace
and tranquility and security of the people at peril.
The present state of affair in Arunachal Pradesh is disturbing and distressing; there
is leadership crisis in the ruling Congress with the tug of war between the party
and the its government which is unbecoming of the ruling party, the state BJP media
cell said in a release today.
Expressing concern over the prevailing lawlessness, uncertainty, frequent bandh and
camping of a group of ministers, parliamentary secretaries and MLAs in New Delhi
for last five months, the Party said there is a complete breakdown of constitutional
governance in the state. The BJP said that keeping in view the present situation,
state Governor should exercise his independent power to protect the constitution
sanctity and recommend for invocation of Art. 356 (1) for restoration of peace and
tranquility in the state. The Raj Bhawan has to exercise its constitutional responsibilities
to come over the present crisis followed by deteriorating law and order problems
and constitutional breakdown in the state.
The BJP said, the central Govt. is also duty bound to review the present situation
in the state for safety and security of its citizens
Children surrender catapult
ITANAGAR, Oct 10: At a time when senseless violence seems to be the catchphrase of
the state, several children surrendered their catapults during Wildlife Week celebrations
in Bomdila pledging to protect wildlife.
As part of the programme, Children’s wildlife film festival was held where four films--
Mastery of Flight, Songs and Signals, Meat Eaters and Life in the Trees --by renowned
naturalist and film maker Sir. David Attenborough was screened over a period of two
Children from various schools in Bomdila participated in the same and interactive
sessions were held after each film along with a quiz on the film shown.
At the end of the two day film festival children pledged to protect wildlife and
vowed not to use catapults and toy air-guns for killing birds.
A poster making competition was held with the themes “My favorite wild animal” for
the junior category and “Give wildlife a chance” for the senior category. School
children from Bomdila, Nafra and Dirang participated in the same.
Forest Division gave special focus on children keeping in mind that future of the
world lies in the hands of children.
Roads blocked at Sagalee
ITANAGAR, Oct 10: State NCP unit has said that Doimukh - Sagalee road, Sagalee –
Pakke Kessang road and Doimukh – Putin road have been blockaded at various points
at by some anti social and unknown miscreants today. The road was blocked intentionally
by cutting and throwing big trees in the road, it said. Terming it completely anti-development
and anti-social, the NCP appealed to the public not to indulge in such activities
and urged the authority concerned to book the culprit at the earliest and give stern
punishment to the accused.
It urged the elected leaders not make the common masses victim of their political
game by misleading the innocent people and block roads which is a lifeline for the
people of the constituency. NCP urged the political leaders not to behave shamelessly
by indulging in activities that are anti people.
Sagalee Sub - Divisional Youth Forum (SSDYF) also decried the “intentionally road
blockades at various points coming under the 15th Sagalee constituency”.
It urged the ADC Sagalee and SP Papum Pare to visit the site and nab the culprits
at the earliest and punish them. Meanwhile, it expressed deep concern at the worsening
law and order situation in the state in general and Sagalee in particular.
Tawang DC holds parley on land acquisition for defense purpose
TAWANG, Oct 10: Tawang Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen held a meeting on various
issues relating to land acquisition with the defense personnel, para-military forces,
BRO, defense Estate Officer (DEO) Tezpur circle, administrative officers and public
leaders of Tawang district at his conference hall at Tawang today.
Addressing the participants on the occasion on the occasion, the DC appreciated all
the organizations for their relentless efforts for developing the district. However,
he said that there is much more to do which is only be possible with proper coordination
and harmonious relation amongst the various agencies.
The process of development should not harm the moor and ethos of custom and practices
and religious sentiments of the native, he added.
While stressing on preservation of flora and fauna of the district he said that the
people of the district have high esteem and reverence for the flora and fauna, streams
and brooks, river and lakes, mountain and hills. Therefore, the development agencies
should emphasis on the principle of development with a humane face, he further added.
Speaking about the land acquisition and its dispute and controversies, he said that
one has to apply the wisdom of practicing economy of the space. The land is not elastic
and whatever has to be done is to be within the limited land available which too
belongs to the community. We cannot dislodge local people by grabbing their land.
The people have become more conscious about the utility of land and have started
raising fingers for illegal occupation by the agencies, he added. He also said that
the Govt agencies should restrain themselves from further acquisition of land and
clear all pending cases amicably with the land owner through negotiation with the
help of district administration.
While emphasizing on maintaining the serene beauty of district, he said that structure
should not be built in the area near tourist hotspot, areas of religious interest
and livelihood etc. he stated that an executive order has been promulgated in this
respect which should be strictly adhered too. He asked the department concern to
obtain prior permission from the administration of the area before building any structure.
He also stressed on appointing one representative from defense to expedite the regularization
of land acquisition matter.
Defense Estate Officer (DEO) Tezpur, L Pegu, in his speech, explained the procedure
of land acquisition by defense and stressed that all procedure should be properly
followed. He also appreciated the administration for speedy acquisition of land for
defense purposes and emphasized on regularization of all defense land in the district
and amicable settlements of disputes and controversies with the local people by taking
the help of administration. He said that the re-survey of all the defense area is
on the cards which should mitigate all disputes and problems.
The deputy commander 190 mountain brigade stated the regularization of land is already
under process. The disputes and problem on occupation of some land shall be solved
amicably. Problem areas shall be redressed while taking into account the interest
and religious sentiments of local people, he added. He also stressed on streamlining
the land acquisition as per the laid down procedure.
The public leaders in their speech expressed their concern on the illegal occupation
by different agencies. They said that most of prime land is under the unauthorized
occupation of different agencies. They stated that their very livelihood is at stake
because most of the grazing ground is under the occupation of defense making it difficult
for grazers to access their grazing ground. They also stressed on preservation of
flora and fauna, lake and rivers, areas of livelihood and religious interest. They
demanded early and amicably settlement of all disputes and problems pertaining to
land acquisition and wherever applicable disbursement of compensation to the rightful
land owners. They also stressed on improvement of BRO roads at an earliest.
DFO Tawang Vijay Pradhan in his speech dealt on length the various provisions of
Forest Conservation Act, 1980 and stressed all agencies to follow the laid down norms.
He asked all agencies not to deplete the forest but to stress on afforestation.
PD DRDA, Karma Leki in his power point presentation showed the status of various
land acquisition by defense, para-military forces and BRO in four parts viz. Actual
acquisition, disputed lands, Land under adverse occupation and new proposals.
Public leaders, Sherap, Tsering Tashi, Jambey Tsering ZPM Jang-Thingbu, Chombey Kee
(YUVA) also spoke on the occasion.
Later in the afternoon, the DC attended the Zilla Panchayat Performance Assessment
Committee (APPAC) under Panchayat Empowerment and Accountability Incentive Scheme
(PEAIs) meeting and reviewed all the schemes being executed at district by Panchayats.
Angry students protest Roing firing
ROING, Oct 10: Hundreds of students of Government Higher Secondary School of Roing
today held protest rally condemning the October 5 incident of police firing on students
The protest rally demanded judicial inquiry into the incident including suspension
of DC, SP, Officer-in-charge and Magistrate on duty at the time of firing.
The protest went for two hours covering all parts of Roing town. With a strengthened
police control the protesters marched in two rows from the government high school
campus and returned to the starting point.
In administrative and police building compound, IRBn and CRPF personnel guarded every
entrance to the office.
The protesters carried placards reading “yes to democracy, no to autocracy”, “we
are Idus, we are not Maoists”, “This is not Lalgarh, this is Shantighar”, and chanted:
“We want justice”.
According to the organizers of the rally, a peaceful march was intended to draw the
attention of the state government towards administrative high handedness.
As previously reported, eight students were shot by personnel of special task force
during the durga puja celebration. Another two were brutally assaulted by police
personnel in the baton charge.
Similar protest rally was organized at Tezu by All Mishmi Students Union, Mishmi
Student Union of Tezu College and Kera-ah Students Association, followed by submission
of memorandum to governor of Arunachal.
In the joint representation, the student groups has alleged police firing on students
as racially motivated, where the local tribal were selectively targeted to be shot.
Normalcy prevails in Roing town as bandh call by All Idu Mishmi Students Union was
called off on Saturday.Every shops, offices, schools and business establishments
The union, however, said the protest will continue indefinitely till the demands
BJYM demands proper distribution of PDS, improved law and order
ITANAGAR, Oct 10: East Kameng District Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has appealed
to the deputy commissioner to streamline the public distribution system (PDS) in
the district and check prices of essential commodities including rice for benefit
of poor and common people.
Expressing concern over the prevailing corruption and spiraling price rise on essential
commodities including rice, the BJYM in its meeting held at Seppa on Oct 8 adopted
various resolutions demanding the East Kameng DC to issue strict directives to the
fair shop owners for proper distribution of the PDS items to the consumers in their
places. The BJYM alleged that instead of distributing PDS items at their respective
places to consumers, many fair price shop owners sell the commodities at Seppa town
at higher rate causing artificial food scarcity in out post areas of the district.
Moreover the prices of essential commodities including rice are beyond the reach
of the common people in open market, it said.
The meeting attended by BJYM state general secretary Ram Tajo, office bearers of
district BJYM, mandal presidents and party workers also took serious note of law
and order situation in the district and urged the district administration to take
adequate measures for improved law and order. It further demanded night patrolling
by the security personnel along with a magistrate.
The meeting also adopted resolution requesting the MLAs to implement the schemes
under MLALAD fund as per prescribed guidelines and not to release fund to the contractors
before complete execution of work. Alleging that MLAs of East Kameng district are
not following the norms under MLALAD fund, the BJYM threatens to launch democratic
movement in case of failure of the MLAs to implement the schemes as per norms and
Expressing concern over the lack of development activities followed by prevailing
political situation in the state, the East Kameng BJYM appealed to the state Governor
to declare President’s rule in order to bring normalcy in the state.
CRPF distributes computers, sports kits to schools, library
Tezu, Oct 10: The 186Bn CRPF, under its Civic Action Programme, distributed three
sets of computers and sport-kits to the Police Welfare School (PWS), and Bamboosa
Library, Tezu, today. Of the three, two computer sets were handed over to the PWS
and one to Bamboosa Library by Lohit deputy commissioner R.K. Sharma, who attended
the programme as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Sharma said that every one of us should discourage the
use of uniformed forces for terrifying small kids. A picture of safety and security
and punishing the wrong-doers and love for motherland is the tag line of the paramilitary
or any other armed forces of our country and emphasized in inculcating the sense
of feelings of “in safe hands” or “protected” to the children by teachers. The children
should be encouraged to join in armed forces because it will give them the chance
to serve their motherland.
He termed the distribution of computer sets by CRPF under its civic action programme
as a noble one. Owning a computer set and knowing the operation is the need of today’s
education system. This kind of noble initiatives will have a lasting effect in enriching
the mental aptitude of the students, he said.
He suggested the schools to include a computer knowledge subject in their academic
courses and engage at least one teacher for the purpose. The teacher training in
computer can be done in the NIC or CIC without any expenditure, he stated.
He also stated that the presence of public in such programmes will bring good relations
between civilians and paramilitary forces.
Roshni Raja, 2 IC (CRPF) speaking on the occasion said that the CRPF in the district
are deployed for internal security and to give assistance to the local administration
in maintaining law and order. He informed that under the civic action programme 2010-2011
computer sets and footballs are being provided to different schools in Tezu for technical
and computer education as well as physical fitness of the students. For the welfare
of the students books were provided in the Children Library, Wakro.
Raja hoped that this programme will be helpful in establishing a friendly and cordial
relation between the public and the CRPF.
Satyanarayan of Bamboosa Library thanked the 186 Bn CRPF for the generosity and mentioned
that the 186 Bn CRPF has always been there since the beginning of the library movement
in Wakro. The library in Wakro has books contributed by the 186 Bn CRPF which are
useful for learning Hindi language. The computer set will be helpful for writing
articles by the students, he said.
ADC, Tezu, W. Khimhun, CRPF Personnels, HoDs, teachers and students of Police Welfare
School, Tezu was also present in the civic action programme. DIPRO
Entire village gutted in fire
Daporijo, Oct 10: All the 12 houses, including a pucca, of Lakbak Gongo village under
Baririjo circle of Upper Subansiri district were gutted by a massive fire on October
8 last affecting 22 families.
Although there was no loss of life, the affected families were helpless in saving
their livestock and all their precious belongings as they were in their fields which
were far away from their village, harvesting their crops.
According to Ponga Gongo of Dipu Gongo village, one of the first persons to reach
Lakbak Gongo after the fire, by the time he got the information about the fire and
reached the village, all the houses had already been burnt to ashes and he and his
team could only partially save the village community hall.
Ponga Gongo informed that the fire was first noticed by a resident of Nguri village
under Puchigeko circle.
It was only at about 4.30 p.m. that the villagers reached their village to find ashes
in place of intact homes they had left in the morning.
Meanwhile, Galo Welfare Society appealed to the State Government for providing immediate
relief to the victims of the tragic fire accident. The Society also appealed to its
members for generous contribution for assistance to the victims. DIPRO
AVP conducts sports meet
CHANGLANG, Oct 10: Changlang district unit of Arunacahal Vikas Parishad (AVP) conducted
District level sports competitions at general ground here on October 8 and 9 last
to explore sports talent in rural areas of various circles. The winners and winning
team to represent Changlang in state level competition.
Boys and girls participants from Bordumsa, Changlang, Khimyang, Namtok, Yatdam and
Kharsang took part in the competition.
Attending the inaugural function as chief guest S.S. Choudhury, EAC said that games
and sports are the part and parcel of our life and efforts should be made to spot
hidden talents in the rural areas. He stressed on the need to gear up sports activities
and appreciated the AVP for gearing up in talent hunt.
Er. T. Tarang, UPO Changlang, said, he was the state champion in Archery during the
year 1995 and represented Arunachal Pradesh in national level competition held at
Rajasthan and could secure seventh position in Archery. He also had an opportunity
to meet national archery champion Limba Ram there. He advised participants to take
up sports activities sincerely and informed about state government’s job reservation
policy for meritorious sportspersons.
Organizing secretary North Eastern Region, Atul Jogji, highlighted in detail the
aims, objectives and significance of sports and other activities of AVP.
He also elaborated on border are tour to carry message of feeling of belongingness
and oneness and to promote national integration.
Changlang unit AVP president Dr. D. Techai said that the sports competitions was
conducted to promote sports and to explore sports talents in Changlang district.
YINGKIONG, Oct 10: While clarifying the news item published on September 29 under
headline “Police crackdown on gang of thieves”, DIPRO said that the name of the one
of the thieves was wrongly mentioned Oti alias Genti Megu (Sharma) instead of Genti
Damin (Sharma). DIPRO
JNV hostel gutted down
ITANAGAR, Oct 10: A boy’s hostel of JNV, Doimukh has been completely gutted down
this evening. According to initial reports, the cause of the fire is reported to
be short circuit which left a teacher injured.
All the 40 borders of the hostel are reported to be safe and have been shifted out
to a safer location by the district administration.
According to officer- in -charge, Doimukh station, L Bagra, the fire broke out at
9:30 PM and soon after fire fighters reached the spot and managed to douse the fire
which had engulfed the whole building. More details are awaited.
Capital bandh passes off peacefully, APCC reacts
ITANAGAR, Oct 10: The 12-hour capital passed off peacefully this evening. Except
burning of old tyres by the activists in some location on national highway in Itanagar
area and burning of a bike near Zoo road just before the end of the bandh, there
was no any untoward incident during the bandh and the security forces were deployed
in Capital to thwart any violent incident, according to police sources. Though the
APST buses plied on the road with security escort, the bandh crippled the normal
life as there was no vehicular movement and business establishments and educational
institutions remained closed. The attendance in Govt offices was thin. The bandh
was called by All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association in favour of its demand
for handing over of the National Highway 52-A to BRTF for proper renovation.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has said that the bandh called today in protest
against President APCC and Minister UD& PWD Nabum Tuki is politically motivated.
The responsibility lies on Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin as the bandh was called on
his behest by the anti-social elements, it said.
The people of Arunachal Pradesh is well aware of the fact that Tuki is a dedicated
leader and has fulfilled the aspiration of the people in his entire political career
of 35 years, it said. The bandh is sponsored by the people at the helm of affair
and the PCC condemn such unethical activities carried out by own party men, it said.
CSWO condemns attempted rape in Meghalaya
Shillong, Oct 10 : The Civil Society Women Organisation (CSWO) of Meghalaya has condemned
the kidnap and attempt to rape of a girl hailing from Arunachal Pradesh by a person
belonging to same state on October 7.
The CSWO sources said here today one man from Arunachal kidnapped a girl and attempted
to rape her in an isolated area on the outskirts of Shillong.
Incidentally, the girl managed to escape from the clutches of the culprit and met
two person to whom she narrated the incident.
The duo, later handed over the girl to the authorities concerned, CSWO said.
CSWO also said the culprit was trying to blame the duo who rescued the girl by saying
that the culprit tried to save the girl from the duo. UNI
Training on SECC
Aalo, Oct 10: A two-day district level workshop cum training on socio-economic and
caste based census was held under the chairmanship of West Siang deputy commissioner
Amjad Tak on October 7 last.
Chairing the meet Tak stressed on the need to carry the census task to its logical
conclusion and asked DRDA and BDOs to work out data operation required in all blocks
for onward submission to govt. Census is national duty and all officers involved
in the exercise should discharge their duties sincerely, he said.
DRDA project director Dege Ete outlined the role and responsibilities of census operation
and guidelines for preparation of SECC-2011.
Deputy directors of Urban Development Marconi Potom and Himar Ete spoke about survey
in urban areas while DIO K.C. Wangmo highlighted the role of National Informatics
Centers. Pomin Amo and Tumken Lomi, MTFs, imparted the much needed training to all
All administrative officers, BDOs, Survey Officers and Field Assistants attended
the meet. DIPRO
ITANAGAR: The Lohit District Congress Committee has called for eight hours Lohit
district bandh/chaka jam from 5 am to 1 pm on Oct 11 in favour of its demand for
immediate arrest of persons involved in recent reported abduction of minister Chowna
Mein, said Lohit DCC president in a release today. Meanwhile the DCC, BCCs and panchayat
leaders condemned the authorities for its failure to tackle law and order in the
state and sought Governor’s intervention in this regard.
APCRCC mourns the death of Late Rev. Yontem Lego
ITANAGAR: Rev. Yontem Lego, a pioneer Christian leader of the state died on October
9. Lego died due to old age and prolonged illness at his Midland colony Roing residence.
He is survived by four sons.
Lego was the first Bachelor in Theology (B.Th) and Bachelor in Divinity (BD) degree
holders among the Adi tribe. A product of Sainik School Bhubhaneswar, Orissa, he
was instrumental in translating the Holy Bible and Christian sacred hymnals into
Adi (Padam) language.
Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council (APCRCC) has mourned the sad demise
of Late Rev.
The council will always remember him as an active, kind hearted and devoted leader,
APCRCC said in a release.
The APCRCC officials, church members and relatives paid their respectful adieu to
the departed soul while attending the funeral service today.
Not the true spirit
I have to say with grave discontentment that people either have forgotten or they
do not know the importance and true spirit of celebrating 'Dushera'.
Drunkard dancing in the pandals, people fighting and uttering abusive words against
each other - is this the spirit to celebrate Dushera?
As per as I believe it has a great importance not only mythically but also to our
The underlying significance of the festival lies in conquering the Ravana inside
us; which is lurking high in the form of- hatred, jealousy, communalism, casteism,
religions, corruption. But I am afraid that the true spirit of celebrating the festival
How many could be burnt, how many could be killed, when everyone inside is Ravana,
And every house a Lanka?
Lipu, West Siang
Are not they humans too?
I think the people in India, and particularly in the North are too critical of almost
everything especially the security forces. In the Roing incident, it is learnt that
over 10 police personnel have also been injured. Are they not humans too? Also, it
is learnt that the firing was ordered by a local EAC who is a magistrate. And yet
the whole blame is to be put on the DC & SP of the district. I feel that there is
some other deeper conspiracy here. The youth in Arunachal are too keen to take up
fight with the security forces which I feel is a cynical attitude. There is a need
to shun this attitude in order to have a constructive approach towards the whole
New Delhi, (on email)
The officer that speak the language of the gun
Hurt, angry, shocked, anguished or simply numbed? Words fail to define the emotion
current in the minds of Roing townsfolk. But chilling, it is. Veenu Bansal should
have known better than any other soul here to let bloodshed in this small sleepy
town. Innocent school going children have become the victims of the shadow of the
gun. To not lose our cool would be not humane under the circumstances. This small
town of ours has been rife with rumour for the past few months, of Maoists raising
its deadly tentacles in the midst of common people masquerading as anti dam supporters.
The pointed effort of the present administration to establish this fact was amply
evident for all who cared to see through. With the shooting spree of the police done
the cycle is complete and the puzzle fits perfectly. One wonders at the motives and
fallouts of planting such stories. Did Mirpe Tato, the magistrate on duty receive
a pat on the back for a job done well? Surprisingly the bullets of Bansal’s men found
only Idu and Adi children as the target amidst the hundreds of revelers and devotees
thronging the Puja mandal. Is this targeted shooting a sign of the arrival of state
sponsored terrorism? If so thanks to Bansal and Company for the enlightenment. The
attitude of Veenu Bansal can be attributed to the hard training of IPS cadres. Mirpe.
Tato’s, on the other hand is perplexing as he is a local Arunachali and well aware
of the eye for an eye philosophy prevalent among the tribals of Arunachal. What blurred
his vision? Is M. Tato acting on the behest of higher authority or is it just a blunder
act of heroic escape goat. Among the trio of the DC, SP and EAC, who will own up
this error of Judgement? With the magisterial hand firmly behind him Bansal seems
hell bent on having his way at helm of affair, notably vis-à-vis the dam issue. Students
as well as public leaders of both Idu and Adi communities have not missed this fact
of the DC and the SP covertly acting like corporate agents ever since their arrival
at Roing. The public outcry then at coercive tactic and now at the police atrocity
is well justified. The net sites are screaming with the Goa incident of this January
in which Veenu Bansal is suspected in a police-drug dealer nexus and is likely to
be summoned for a CBI enquiry. The question that will keep tormenting the public
here is why did Mr Veenu Bansal opt to speak the language of the gun? Why did he
let out his boys like a pack of hounds when he had every means and options to diffuse
any kind of situation?
Veenu Bansal has betrayed all our expectation of a secured neighborhood. All he shall
be leaving behind is an indelible scar.
Abralow Memorial Multipurpose Society Roing
An open letter to the political bosses
I hope you are all wealthy and healthy to slug it out in the coming elections. However,
of equal importance is the fitness of the state where you and I live. Sadly it had
been deteriorating like the nosedive of the Helicopter that took our Chief Minister
a few moons ago.
My good name is Common Son, and I’m a student. I have got this letter from my teacher
who said that all the top political leaders were public school educated and thus
speak English. So I write not in the language of a common man fearing it might not
My only plea is to give my generation a chance. I have completed my +2 this year
and I have joined a good engineering college hoping to give relief to my poor parents:
the land back which they sold it for my studies and I know many of my friend whose
parents are not able to send any pocket money to their sons who stays at the other
end of the country far from our home.
Out of many, most of my friends have decided to stay back at home; to have some alternatives
of making easy money so that their younger ones could go to studies. No problem with
I too can be contractor if my job has been bought by your kid and kins. But my worry
is when I came back to my home after four day journey having not eaten anything only
with those railways stations water taps. I saw my village friends with a quarter
of Whisky. When I asked him from he bought it, he told me from a liquor vend in the
village itself. My teacher use to tell me that I should be happy that Arunachal is
becoming like California. He says there are bars in all villages in the west so why
not in Arunachal? Yes he also updated with the concept of neighbourhood bars of London,
and I am proud to say we are matching peg by peg. Our towns have equal number of
bars or even more than the bookstalls.
I believe liquor follow through a steel chain to a bed and folks drink as much as
they can during your Campaign. I understand your problem. The poor uneducated villagers
and the youth support the person who supplies more whiskies and the notes. But please
take it that you have made it a way to lure.
I applaud then very sharp and honest work of some police officers especially for
making the List of the PDS scammers, but perhaps your investigating agent or your
babus have filled their belly. Perhaps you should ask your babus to calculate the
cumulative loss the state is occurring through your fight for power.
Am I really going to be a man with magnificent buildings, luxuries cars or a crorepatty
with the salaries as a junior engineer, Assistant Engineer, or Executive engineer
in any department of Arunachal Pradesh.?! Because I have seen contrary in this part
of country. I guess I must have some important criteria to join that service.
Can you help my parents earn so that I can have a pocket money and enjoy my journey
at least in the train. But then you’ve clubbed my parents as a small farmer, a shopkeeper,
a good for nothing villager. Remember, during election you pleaded them and now they
plead you. Never have you realised that I have a heart of a son too. Nothing is more
important to me than the happiness of my parents. But you care not.
As I write, surrounding me is a group of my friends and each one has different dreams.
Someone wants to be an entrepreneur, computer engineers, artist, APCS officers etc.
We ask each other “Will We be able to chase our dreams in today’s Arunachal? Its
better we learn kabaddi.
I don’t care if you wear long or brief underwear; or if your car is Scorpio or the
SX4; or you have amassed much money to drive and mislead the youths. But if you don’t
stop the ruin. History will force to write – ‘When Arunachal Pradesh was plundered
by its own’.
Common son, (on email)
Lathi charge could have done its effect
We the Mishmi students of Rajiv Gandhi University are pained to know the incident
which had happened at the night of 5th Oct at Roing town. The district administration
in the name of law and order has ultimately shown to the people of Arunachal Pradesh
that they were hunting down the students instead of Maoist in Roing town. In the
name of keeping the security we expect the law keeper to protect the interest of
the people instead of shooting the innocent hapless students. If there was any problem
a simple lathi charge could have done its effect but why did the district administration
choose to shoot is a big question to be answered by the concern authority.
We the Mishmi Student Union Rajiv Gandhi University request and appeal to the law
keeper to handle the situation with care and compensate the victims as promised by
the government at the earliest.
Seema Dele (President MSU RGU)
Imbo Pulu (Gen Secy, MSU RGU)
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