Free SUMAA leaders unconditionally: Protesters

By Our Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, July 30: Arrested SUMMA general secretary Suraj Ligu and convenor Tarh Rekam’s family members, well-wishers and state’s indigenous people staged protest and held dharna at IG Park here today demanding immediate unconditional release of the duo.

Students’ Union Movement of All Arunachal (SUMAA) leaders were detained by Capital Police on July 24 last on the basis of order issued by West Kameng DC u/s 3(i) of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2014 for their alleged involvement in extortion.

Police have detained them illegally without any IPC section, elder brother Rekam Tarh Gambo while demanding Justice for the duo. They have been fighting for indigenous right and against the state Govt’s Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy-2014 (TRP), which included 20% job reservation in health and education sectors.

The SUMAA team had conducted a peaceful rally at Bomdila on July 11 last to raise voice against the GoAP policy and submitted a representation to West Kameng DC against Tibetan refugees possessing ST and PRC illegally.

There was no complaint or charge against SUMAA members till July 17. But the complaint surfaced  after four MLAs – Japu Deru, TN Thongdok, Phurpa Tsering and Kumsi Sidisow – of the area held a meeting followed by collection of signatures from shopkeepers and public on the complain letter against SUMAA to defame it, Gambo claimed.

The GoAP is misusing power and position to detain the student leaders, he charged, and alleged that Tibetan refugees are protected only for political motives. He added that Suraj and Rekam are on fast since last 7 to 8 days in the jail and have committed to give their life for people of the state.

“I am feeling proud for my son who is in jail by fighting for the welfare of state’s indigenous people. Though the GoAP has put my son behind the bars by misusing power but we will fight till victory as people are with us,” Rekam’s father said, adding “Truth always wins”.

He warned that if our sons are not released soon, the protest against the GoAP will intensify and urged the indigenous people to stand united to fight against the TRP.

Condemning the GoAP move and police, Arunachal Civil society chairman Pate Tayum claimed that police had detained both in violation of Indian Constitution which has no Article for formation of union and its right to raise voice against wrong policy of any state Govt. The TRP accepted by the GoAP is wrong and very harmful for the state; he said to justify his protest and urged the GoAP, especially Capital SP to unconditionally release the duo.

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