Arunachal CM conveys condolence for civilian killing by Army

16 Jun 2017

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu today conveyed his "deepest condolences" for the death of a person in Changlang district in firing by the Army, which allegedly mistook him for an ultra.
"I have been informed that in the incident one villager Thingtu Ngemu (35) of Kongsa village has lost his life while several others have been injured. "This kind of incident could have been averted through proper care and planning," Khandu, who is out of the state, said in a statement and expressed solidarity with the families of the deceased person and those injured. The incident took place on Wednesday night, Defence PRO Colonel Chiranjit Konwer had said on Thursday. Based on a specific input regarding movement of a hardcore terrorist group, the Army personnel challenged the person when he arrived at the spot.
However, he made "very suspicious movements" and rushed towards the troops following which the Army opened fire, resulting in his death, Konwer had said. Khandu added: "Though no measure of compensation in kind or cash would compensate for the loss, the state government is duty bound to provide ex-gratia relief according to norms to the next of kin of the deceased and assistance to the injured for the best of treatment to save their lives."  The chief minister spoke to the Ministry of Home Affairs and expressed concern over the incident and sought its urgent intervention, official sources said. Meanwhile, state Congress has condemned the killing of the villager in a case of mistaken identity. "The deceased fell prey to the Army's unwanted ambush due to procedural lapses.
As per convention, it is mandatory for the Army to coordinate with the police before resorting to, cordoning off or ambushing any civil areas to avoid any untoward happenings," the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) said in a statement here. "The people of the state are peace-loving, but any attempt to harass us physically or mentally shall not be tolerated under any circumstances. The people of Tirap and Changlang districts are sleeping giants and their endurance and tolerance should not be treated as weakness by the government and any forces whatsoever be," it said.
"A citizen, that too an innocent villager, cannot be murdered by Army 'mistakenly'. This is beyond the ethic of the disciplined Indian Army. Such provocation by Army is uncalled for and demeans its hard-earned image," the party said.