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Death of labourer triggers tension in Naharlagun, shops remain closed


Naharlagun s malls and shops stayed shut on Wednesday, as shopkeepers took to the streets protesting the death of a daily wage labourer Dinesh Sahani, following an alleged altercation after a vehicle accident on Monday last. The protestors were demanding fair enquiry into the case.

Capital SP Tumme Ammo in a release today said The deceased Sahani and few of his friends were returning from idol immersion ritual on a tata mobile vehicle when they hit a scorpio near Naharlagun helipad ground. After hitting the scorpio, in their attempt to flee from the scene they hit a scooty and then hit a wall which halted their vehicle. Gida Punio, owner of the scorpio chased and assaulted the deceased who was with 11 others onboard. However the other passengers ran away after the vehicle got stuck in the wall. Punio after assaulting the driver Devol Choudary and sahani took the vehicle key, gave his phone number and told them to inform the vehicle owner to repair his car, as per eye witnesses.

Later, the deceased complained of some health issues, for which he was taken to TRIHMS by his relatives. On arrival at TRIHMS, the doctor declared him brought dead. The OC PS NLG and Duty officer immediately rushed to the Hospital and took stock of the matter.

The SP informed that a murder case has been registered in Naharlagun Police Station and that the accused was also arrested Tuesday night.

The Dead body has been taken to RKMH for preservation. PME will be conducted tomorrow. Case is under investigation now and situation is under control, the SP said.

The SP further appealed the public to maintain harmony and not create communal tension out an accident.

Meanwhile, the All Arunachal Pradesh Student's Union (AAPSU) while vehemently condemning the forceful closure of shops, disruption of vehicular movement by participants who were mostly from Non-APST community has termed the protest illegal.

Condoling the death of Sahani, AAPSU said the incident was unfortunate, the culprit has been arrested and that the protest rally was uncalled for.

As per witness accounts and videos submitted to the AAPSU, these protestors had assembled in large numbers in various parts of Naharlagun and tried to create disturbances and communal disharmony in the state. Why was the Police and District administration silent when such illegal activities were being organized in broad daylight by the protestors in name of seeking justice when the culprits have already been apprehended, AAPSU said in its release.

The AAPSU has viewed the matter very seriously and warns individuals, groups etc from outside the state not to try and unnecessarily provoke the sentiments & aspirations of indigenous people of the state. Any such attempts shall be met with strong repercussions from the AAPSU. The union shall not remain silent to such provocations and appeals all individuals especially from outside the state to respect the law of the land and the sentiments of the indigenous people. The authorities should launch immediate investigations and trace out the persons behind the illegal rally and forceful closure of shops at Naharlagun today, AAPSU further said.

The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACC&I) team led by president Tarh Nachung met bereaved relatives of deceased labourer Dinesh Sahani at his rented house in A sector here on Wednesday afternoon and offered financial help to his wife Kiran Sahani.

Consoling her for the unfortunate death of her husband, Nachung assured to take up the case with the state government and to grant ex-gratia compensation.


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