ITANAGAR, Oct 11: The Capital region witnessed unprecedented violence today which
left scores injured, some seriously and several shops ransacked and few private residences
damaged. Shopping complexes B B Plaza and Teli Plaza were ransacked and dozens of
vehicles were also set on fire by the protestors.
Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes Union, a little known organization had called
the 12 hours bandh today to press for improvement in law and order situation in the
However, the bandh soon turned violent as the Nyishi Consultative Committee’s Procession
cum Referendum Rally on the Times of India issue coincided with the bandh.
The Itanagar Police station was also gheroud for more than an hour after a boy was
injured allegedly by police firing at IG Park. The police refutes that it fired any
Earlier several places within the park was set on fire including the main rostrum.
The National highway and the sector roads within the twin township were all blocked
with boulders and bamboo barricades by the anti rally faction.
At several places, clashes broke out after supporters of the Nyishi Consultative
Committee, were prevented from holding a rally in I G park at Itanagar. The rally
which was eventually called off had started from Nirjuli and was to culminate at
I G Park.
The situation soon went out of hand, as the limited police force could not do much
as the protestors easily outnumbered them.
The Home Ministry is yet to come out with a statement on its failure to control the
Gamlin, Tuki appeals for calm
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: Arunachal Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin today called upon people
of all communities of the state to remain calm on the face of the situation that
has arisen out of the bandh call today. “We must collectively tackle these issues
on the basis of dialogue and consensus. Violence has to be rejected at all costs.”
Gamlin said he was personally very pained by the series of events that unfolded today.
“This is a sad moment for our state when our young people are embarked on a path
of violence. We must look within ourselves to see what can be done to reverse this
trend.” He called upon all Community Based Organizations and Civil Society Organizations
to work collectively in collaboration with the Government to ensure that law of the
land prevailed over everything else.
He also extended his deepest concern and commiseration to all those who were physical
injured or had their property damaged. “While we cannot ever hope to undo what happened,
we must, as a society work together to ensure that the events of this day are never
repeated in our history”, the Chief Minister added.
The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Nabum Tuki in a statement has
appealed for peace and to stand up for a better and peaceful Arunachal.
“The recent developments in the state, particularly in Itanagar, do not augur well
for the society and peaceful co-existence of all individuals. The reported incidents
of violence amongst brothers of the same community has pained me beyond the limit
and as a senior member of the community I appeal all to maintain extreme restraint
and foster brotherhood by leaving aside enmity for petty political reasons’ he said.
“I also earnestly appeal to members of all communities not to take the sad affairs
otherwise and do their bit to restore peace and harmony.
We are a distinct state with distinct tribes and have been living and prospering
by supporting each other, not by creating divides’ he said.
“I condemn in strongest words the recent developments without taking any side. Whatever
may be the reasons, in this situation, everybody will be in the losing side. By creating
rift and making warring factions, only the vested interest individuals will gain,
which too will be short-lived. In the long run, we as individual members of the community
will be the losers’ he said.
He appealed to all to maintain peace and harmony for the good of all, including various
communities of the state. “I also appeal to senior members, leaders of the community
and those behind the ‘development’ to retrospect and think twice before taking any
step that would hamper peace and tranquillity and disturb law and order”.
36-hour NES-ANSU bandh call deferred
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) today said that it has deferred
its proposed 36 hours bandh in Nyishi inhabited districts from Oct 12 until further
notification “in view of tense situation arising out of unwarranted police firing
incident at Indira Gandhi Park here today causing fatal injuries to one of the anti-
rally cadre against the Great Nyishi Referendum Rally organized by the Nyishi Consultative
The decision has been taken on urgency in consultation with the Executive Members
of NES, All Nyishi Students and senior members of the community as fallout of the
unfortunate incident, the NES said in a release.
The NES vehemently condemned the police firing and demanded immediate action to the
In a separate Press release ANSU also said that bandh call will be carried out after
few days. Meanwhile, the ANSU held both chief minister Jarbom Gamlin and Home Minister
Takar Marde responsible for ugly situation in state capital during “anti-Nyishi rally”
and condemned them. Both Chief Minister and Home Minister have no right to hold
public posts if they cannot ensure safety and security to public, the ANSU said.
The Union wanted a proper judicial enquiry into firing incident during rally day
and asked the public to judge the attitude of state Govt towards law and order problems
that the capital is facing for last few months.
ACR’s express anguish at mindless violence
TANAGAR, Oct 11: The Arunachal Citizens’ Right (ACR) expressed anguish over the mindless
violence witnessed in Itanagar on Tuesday, which is unprecedented in the history
of Arunachal Pradesh.
While the government under the present leadership has failed to feel the pulse of
the agitated people of a community, the administration has, for the umpteenth time,
utterly failed to maintain law and order, it said.
Bandh calls are no more a democracy tool and banned by Supreme Court in their past
judgement and it is duty of the law enforcement authority to implement, it said while
questioning why the district administration has not declared these bandh calls as
The under-current of the situation turning volatile has been visible since the day
a rally was announced by a recently formed organization that evidently was against
the ongoing agitation of the community under the banner of Nyishi Elite Society (NES)
and All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU), it said.
It would not be out of context to claim that certain individuals with backing from
the government are masterminding the divide between members of the same community.
This is extremely bad times for the community as well as all law abiding citizens
of the state. ACR would like to appeal all concerned not to be swayed away by vested
interest individuals and maintain peace and unity for the sake of all.
Meanwhile, ACR appreciate the gesture of NES and ANSU for suspending 36 hours bandh
in the five Nyishi inhabited districts of the state.
Going by the volatile situation, the two organizations have shown extreme maturity
in doing so. This would be an example set for others to follow.
ACR also appeal to members of all communities of the state to be united at this time
of crisis and discourage the Bandh cultures.
PAYWA sponsored bandh passes off peacefully
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: The 24 hrs bandh called by Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association (PAYWA)
and PAPF in Aalo passed off peacefully this morning without any major incident, said
the association in a release today. All the business establishments remained closed
and movement of the vehicles off the road. The Association is demanding immediate
removal of DC Amjad Tak. It threatened to declare its 2nd phase 36hour bandh on
Oct 18 and 19 in case of failure of the Govt to fulfill its demand.
Training for the Socio-Economic & Caste Census
KHONSA, Oct 11: Training for the Socio-Economic & Caste Census operations for Khonsa
and Longding township was conducted by the Dept. of U.D & Housing, Khonsa Division
Presiding over the training programme, Er.R. Mihu, UPO-cum-Block SECCO, Khonsa dwelt
on the significance of the present initiative being undertaken by the government
for identifying the socio-economic and caste status of it’s citizen.
Master trainers H.P Mohapatra, ADEO, Khonsa and A.K Mishra, Lecturer, DIET Khonsa
gave a detailed training on the various methodologies to be adopted for conducting
the census operation.
Er. Nich Jacob, UPO-cum-Block SECCO, Longding town, Er. Tassar Kaman, AUPO Khonsa,
Er.Limi Basar, AUPO Longding, Enumerators, Supervisors, Charge Officers appointed
against the respective towns attended training.
Meanwhile, a day long socio-economic caste census meeting-cum training was held in
DC’s conference hall at Yingkiong today.
Presiding over the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner L Borang highlighting the government
policy and program, said the proposed census would be conducted throughout the country
and completed latest by Nov 30. The main objective of this census is to classify
socio-economic status of each individual citizen, household holders and to furnish
the authentic information concerning socio-economic condition of various castes of
the state and the nation.
L. Borang has called upon the BDOs, enumerators to follow the government guideline
and rules and accomplish this great national duty within the given period of time.
He also urged upon all charge officers, enumerators and supervisors to collect realistic
data as inputs of this caste census and further directed all the charge officers
not to appoint Primary School Teachers as enumerators of the census as restrict provisions
under RTE. The project Director, DRDA Tayem Bage, advised all the BDOs, officers
and officials to be well trained, equipped with knowledge and information required
to carry on the census duty successfully.
Among others Rajesh Panyang, ADC, Tapik Pertin, EAC and Talo Jerang, EAC, were present
in the meeting cum- training. DIPRO
DDMA suggest ways to deal with disaster
KHONSA, Oct 11: The first coordination meeting of District Disaster Management Authority
(DDMA) held in the office chamber of Tirap Deputy Commissioner yesterday took stock
of the ground position in dealing with disaster in view of recent Earthquake at Indo-Nepal
Border at Sikkim.
The meeting decided that communication equipments be made hi-tech by procuring INMER
SAT (Satellite phones), installation of Broad band in the Emergency Operation Centre
(EOC) of the District. All the high rising trees in human settlement areas/public
places and over HT power lines in and around Khonsa Township should be trimmed after
taking the matter with DFO,Khonsa, the meeting resolved.
It was also decided that the Deptt. of Land Management, Khonsa would identify the
human settlement in vulnerable locations in and around Khonsa township and District
Health unit would made adequate stock of emergency medicines/Inventory to deal with
any kind of disaster.
The District Disaster Management Plan be uploaded in the District Website which will
be updated annually. DIPRO
AAYA conducts cultural competition
PASIGHAT, Oct 11: To sustain the Adi culture among youth, the AAYA (All Adi Youth
Association) conducted a cultural competition in the Doying Kumdang Hall, at Mebo
It was hosted to showcase the artistic skills and co-curricular talents of the youths
in the day long competitions with great enthusiasm, informed Sanjiv Pertin, Cultural
While inaugurating the cultural competition by lighting the ceremonial lamp, the
chief guest, Todol Pertin, Jt Secy ABK (HQ) said the efforts to propagate our traditions
and culture has to be highly appreciated. Culture refers to the pattern of human
activities and it represents through art, literature, costumes, customs and traditions,
he added. He gave away prizes and citations to the winners of the competitions.
The guest of honour Nanung Perme Megu, ZPM Mebo Anchal Block, congratulated the winners
and stated it was an opportunity to rejoice with traditional fervor and attempt to
encourage the local artists.
The President AAYA, Olik Komut said the association has been trying to preserve and
protect own tradition and culture for the future generations and good responses and
cooperation are being received from the society.
Apostle Pertin (Motum) won the 1st prize for Single-Dance while Tiko Tayeng received
second position. Joshep Megu and Ponung Mitkong (Seram) secured 1st and 2nd position
in Solo-Song competition. The Ayeng village bagged the trophy in folk dance while
in group dance Dite Lingkam and her party selected as the best group and Aseng Perme
and her party stood runner up. DIPRO
DIRANG: Convalescing from the irreparable loss the state and the people of the Mon
area suffered by untimely demise of late beloved visionary chief minister Dorjee
Khandu, Dirang MLA Phurpa Tsering along with other senior panchayat leaders of Dirang
paid homage and recited prayers for solace of the departed souls on the eve of Purnima
at the MLA’s residence.
They also urged the state Govt. to honour the supreme sacrifice made by Late Yeshi
Chodak, the then security officer of the CM and to confer him with the state’s highest
civilian award for commendable services and valour.
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Sub-Council Area-V is conducting
healing crusade at Siyum from November 2-4.
Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Tanga Byaling would attend the programme
as chief guest. While, ACRYA President, Dr. Joram Dol and Field Secretary Area-V,
Mania Kodak will attend the crusade as speakers.
Don’t exempt all
It would be of immense help if the Bandh callers notify the date in advance. Late
declaration of the Bandh call days causes immense tactical maneuver issue. This piece
of an atrocity is a living testimony of an unplanned off day. Merging of Bandhs is
also detrimental as it would deny one paid holiday for the salaried. If at all Bandh
call has been declared it would be better not to exempt any entity or service. Most
of the time, the exemptions are contemplated for Magistrate on duty, security convoy,
Ambulance, Milk van, Press.
Bandh calls are inherently against the Govt. of the day. So the first two listed
entity should not be exempted. Most of us poor can’t afford hiring an Ambulance in
case of any medical emergency. Auto rickshaws are our savior in case of any eventuality.
So there is no use of exempting Ambulance if the former is in the restricted list.
If we don’t earn during the Bandh day we may not afford buying the milk from the
milk van for our children. As for adults they can make do with ever dependable powder.
Anyway how many of us can afford a salubrious milk-laden cup of tea in these days
of spiraling inflation. As for the last, the presspersons would be able to cover
the day as a pedestrian without using press vehicle. In addition to it postponing
a Bandh call or expressing remorse for an already executed Bandh call with aplomb
is a strict thumb down.
Do some reality check
With the changing times Arunachal has witnessed several developments. The higher
authorities are I suppose more concerned about their respective areas of interest
rather than taking Arunachal as a whole. A loose end somewhere might someday cause
a big trouble. This is exclusively regarding the so-called headquarter, Seppa of
East Kameng. Be it the Power Supply, the Infrastructure, Transportation or the basic
Modern Amenities like the Internet. Name it and Seppa is bound to top the ranking
under the Least developed headquarters. There is only one State Bank Of India in
the highly populated area. The nightmare of standing in the long queue is just catastrophic
for the human mind. The other day, i witnessed the people queued up till the road
in the scorching summer heat. People here need more nationally and internationally
recognized banks. The only ATM available is also not much of a relief either, considering
the ever- long queue. A lot of people nowadays prefer to study outside, the lack
of better transportation connectivity with the Metros make it extremely difficult
for the upcoming great minds to explore the outer world.
Communication is the backbone to all the developments. In this computerized world,
Seppa is still far from seeing the light of the fully functional Internet service.
The calls made to the people of the headquarter will only be answered by a pre-recorded
computerized voice, unless you are extremely lucky. There is only one dilapidated
post office and no courier facilities at all, piling the troubles up and higher.
At least there should be a better postal service, i presume.
It’s high time the concerned Authorities did some reality check for the wholesome
development of the state.
Rina Sonam Yaffa,
The salaried goons
This is in regard to the oct, 7th publication of your esteemed daily, on caption
''Roing police and STF celebrates Durga Puja by spraying bullets at citizens.''
The deployment of STF,CRPF and IRBn in such festive occasions are truly baseless
in all regards. They are no better than goons with a crabby mentality who often are
blind folded when they have arms and ammunitions in their hands. It seems that our
govt. has a certain motive to deploy them in the peace prevailing areas to equalize
it with the terror-stricken areas like Tirap and Changlang. Well, there they have
insurgents and here we have 'well salaried goons' who are actually meant for the
security of the people but in contrast they are the one often posing threat to the
Why is it necessary at all to deploy such uncivilised and ill-mannered personnel
when our State police alone can bring the solution to its best. Since our long past
we have been repeatedly encountering such brutalities of the armed personnel. Is
it because that we have right to freedom, so they have the right to shoot?
Therefore, expressing deep resentment over the act of brutality it is my appeal to
the Home Minister to look into the matter seriously and to your full concern. I also
appeal to the people of our state to rise their voice against such atrocities and
brutality now and in near future.
Itanagar, (on email)
Give us few more days
Through your esteemed daily we would like to say few words on APPCS’s decision to
conduct APPSCEE (main) 2011 in the month of Dec 2011. First of all we appreciate
commission’s good intention of early conduction of the mains. Certainly it will ensure
transferences and fair conduct of exam. But, two month for the exam is too short.
It will put lots of mental pressure on the aspirants.
We hope that commission also knows, after UPSC, state public service commission exam
is the toughest one. The concerned authority also knows that vast syllabus cannot
be completed properly within two months time. Fact is that nobody expected that commission
will conduct main exam in such short period of time.
APPSC has been constituted for conducting various exams and till today it has rendered
excellent service. So, we do not understand why commission is in such hurry. Just
doing one’s duty is not enough. Job should be done properly. Certain thing should
be taken into consideration before taking any decision.
Therefore we hope that commission will understand our problem and spare us few more
days , if not months. Mid January or last January is best for the APPSCEE (main)
Teach them value of ethic and morality
The bandh culture has at last gripped our Arunachal State. Arunachal was last state
which was not much affected with political and social unrest unlike other NE states.
We once hated Assam for frequent bandh call because as Arunachal is closely linked
with Assam due to geographical and other trade affinity. And we heard lot about unrest
in Nagaland , Gorkhaland movements, Mizoram political upheaval during early seventy
and we thought Arunachal Pradesh is island and Oasis of peace, where tribes numbering
about 26 major and minor constituting great Arunacha. The once innocent and straightforward
people have atlast taste the money and political powers and in its pursuit we can
go to any extent, leaving ethical and humane moral value. The present unrest in the
state is end of peaceful Arunachal and entering into new world where money, muscle
and political powers seems to provide false promise to everybody, and our people
are chasing after mirage and rainbows. Instead what we should teach our younger
generation is to build on core value of ethic and morality. Arunachal is vast state
having small population, politically we cannot contribute much for the nation but
if we improve the Human Development Index, we can turn our resource rich state into
another Hongkong. We should take hints from Japanese who have made their human resources
as mantras. Our youths are wasting their energy for short term gain which never promised
healthy and wholesome future. Let us take cue from that wise farmer who said '' give
your son a fish- he will eat for a day, teach him how to do fishing- he will eat
T. Butung, Ziro
Bandh to protest the bandh
This whole bandh thing has gotten into my nerve so I appoint myself as the President
of All Kiba-Kibi Union and declare Capital Bandh to register my protest against all
Bandh calls in the state capital.
Itanagar, (on email)
Stay away from NPF
This is in response to T.Mossang and H .Taidong, I would like the duo to listen to
their inner voice rather than be the scapegoats of NPF n NSCN. They should understand
the nexus between the two Nagaland parties, NPF is engine for NSCN and the later
petrol for former. NSCN they are cold blooded killers and have manifested in Tirap.
NPF is looking forward a greater Nagalim which even includes districts of Lohit.
T. Mossang will after some years start speaking of greater Nagalim, but the people
of Tirap and Longding always want to b part of Arunachal.
Thanks to Home Minister and APPSU for understanding the real sentiment of the people
and I would like to ask T mossang to refrain from such publicity of NPF. Please look
ahead amd not be instinctive. Tirap one of the oldest districts of Arunachal can
never be separated from Arunachal. . NPF is not the only solution for progress but
make people in your district to leave opium menace n focus on education. Please do
anything but stay away from NPF.
A citizen, (on email)
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