Source: News Bharati English12 May 2016 12:51:10

Tawang, May 12: In wake of the recent Tawang firing that took place in a police station on May 2, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul on Wednesday handed over ex-gratia relief of Rs 18 lakhs and promised government jobs to the next of the kin. Two persons were killed and 11 others injured in the firing. Of them, six have suffered major injuries. The Chief Minister also handed over Rs 6 lakhs for those with major injury and Rs 1 lakh with minor injury.
Pul also visited the Tawang police station to take stock of the extent of damage. According to the local administration, twenty seven vehicles were damaged on the day that included those of police department, magistrates and those requisitioned from other departments, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

According to media agencies, Pul assured that strict action would be taken against those found guilty. He also informed the aggrieved about the two on-going magisterial enquiries into the incident– one at the state level by Commissioner Hage Khoda and another at local level by Jang ADC Dilip Kr. Chutia.

Pul was accompanied by Power Minister TN Thongdok, MLA Jarkar Gamlin, DGP in charge Nabin Payeng and Commissioner Hage Kojeen.  “Once the reports are tabled, swift action will be taken,” assured the Chief Minister to a gathering attended by the victims’ families, the injured and the members of the peace committee constituted recently by the district administration.

Reportedly, four of the injured victims are being treated at different hospitals in Guwahati and one at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong. The CM said he would be visiting those patients soon. “No amount of relief can compensate the loss, but we must ensure that such tragedies do not recur in future,” said the CM.The Chief Minister ordered the lifting of section 144 CrPC from the town.

While appealing to the people “to work collectively to get Tawang back to normalcy,” the CM said that the government is ready to deal “firmly” with those wanting to disturb peace again. “People must understand that police and administration are not your enemy. They are here because people wanted it. So any grievances must be expressed without disturbing the peace and solutions must be found without use of force,” said the Chief Minister.

He, however, appreciated the magnanimity and maturity shown by the people of Tawang to restore peace by showing willingness to work together. He regretted that he couldn’t visit Tawang at the earliest after one failed attempt when he had to return from Bhutan due to bad weather. The Chief Minister, however, informed that he had personally met the PM, Home Minister, Chief of Army Staff and apprised them of the situation in Tawang and had requested for relief during his visit to New Delhi last week.

The CM further handed over ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakhs to each family of the victims killed in Thongleng landslide on April 23, where reportedly two people had died. The family also received Rs 1 lakh from the Governor’s relief fund. The four other injured in the landslide each received Rs. 25,000 from the Governor’s relief fund.