Dimapur, May 16: One person was shot dead and several others injured in a firing by Indian Army at Pumao village, Longding in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.
The commotion broke out when a peaceful meeting of the villagers and Army following the incident in which one Jimphu Wangnow was allegedly beaten up for no reason by the army personnel turned chaotic.
The army personnel, who had no sufficient reason to explain in their defence, tried to move out from the village amidst the meeting, which angered the villagers and they started pelting stones at the army.
In retaliation the Indian Army fired back at the crowded public killing one civilian identified as Lamdaan Lukham around 60 yrs old while several others were reportedly injured in the incident.
DC Longding, Cheshta Yadav said that SP Londing and Circle Officer of Pumao rushed to the place of the incident to take stock of the situation and judicial enquiry would be initiated.
She informed that the District Administration would provide Rs 50,000 to the deceased and Rs 25000 each to the injured as interim relief.
She also assured to bear all the treatment expenses of the injured from District Administration.
Meanwhile, all the civil societies and NGOs of the district have condemned the incident in its strongest term and said that such Army personnel and its Unit Commander should be given exemplary punishment.
All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has strongly condemned the act of the Indian Army killing one innocent civilian, Lamdaan Lhukam and injuring scores of civilians at Pumao and Khogla village in Longding district.
Stating that this act is unbecoming of India Army, which claims itself to be one of the most disciplined force in the whole world.
The heinous crime purported by the Indian Army has severely compromised and have contradicted the very underlying purpose to maintain law & order and to neutralise underground elements which they have been deployed for. it reflects the lowest ebb of democratic set up, the AAPSU stated.
The random killing of innocent life from time to time by both army personnel and underground elements with impunity active in the TLC region have choked the free spirited life of our people, it said and urged all MLAs of TLC region and state government to strongly register protest in unison before the Union Government to hand out exemplary punishment.
Further, the Union demanded the state government to give appropriate ex-gratia to the deceased and injured people. (Page News Service)