Enough space to amend or scrap APUAPA: Tuki

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, May 30: Breaking his silence over implementation of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 2014 in the state, former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Tuesday said that the Act was enacted during his tenure without any intention to detain innocent people.

Responding to the claim made by the ruling BJP that the APUAPA was brought by the Congress government and the BJP government only implementing, Tuki said that the Act was intended to protect the people from threat of insurgencies as many groups were actively operating from various districts of the state.

“The APUAPA was implemented in the state as there was insurgency and law & order issues in various foothill districts of the state,” clarified Tuki.

During my regime, state police was unable to control the unlawful activities of the state under Indian Penal Code (IPC) and so APUAPA was felt necessary by the government to protect private and government properties besides lives of people, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President said.

Reacting to the statement of BJP spokesperson Techi Necha that APUAPA was implemented by the Congress government headed by Tuki to provide more effective prevention of certain unlawful activities of individuals and associations, the veteran Congress leader said that the state government could still modify or repeal the act, if there is any loophole in it for larger interest of the people.

“During my tenure 60 MLAs and every individual of the state supported the act to fight against insurgencies and unlawful activities in the state. If the common public is demanding for corrective measures and scrapping of the act, then being a people’s welfare government, matters should be discussed in the cabinet meeting,” he suggested.

If the government implements the Act through district administration as per the provision of the act, then the state government should also have a provision to relook into the clause of the act, as the society from every corner and lawyers are pointing out the lacunae of the act, he added.

Stating that the BJP government should ponder upon the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) paper leakage case in the state rather indulging in political game, he quipped.

“This is high time to act seriously and monitor the ongoing CBI investigation as the entire population of the state are eyeing on the progress of investigation,” Tuki added.

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