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September 17, 2014

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Forum demands ban on deputation of teachers

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: Arunachal RTI Activist Forum in a representation to the Education Minister has demanded immediate cancellation of surplus Block Education Officer as well as immediate and permanent ban on deputation of teachers. The letter said that there are 150 BEOs in the state whereas the sanctioned number is 32. The forum said that while the schools are facing shortages of teachers, so many teachers have been engaged in administrative duty.

The Forum further called for immediate call back of subject teachers engaged as BRC/CRC and other non teaching departments in various flagships programmes.

It further called for recalling of teachers on deputation outside the state.  

 

ASUD resents Delhi Police’s inaction

ITANAGAR Sept 16: Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi (ASUD) has resented Delhi Police’s alleged inaction in arresting the culprits involved in attack on an Arunachalee nurse at All Indian Institute of  Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi.

Although an FIR was lodged with Hauz Khaz Police Station, New Delhi against the culprits immediately after the incident took place on September 10, there has been no positive response from Police till date, ASUD alleged.

It also alleged the Investigating Officer (IO) of giving some lame excuse like difficulty in identification of the miscreants due to false entry of name in the register book etc.

Dissatisfied with the manner in which the case is being taken up by Delhi Police, ASUD sought the intervention of the Union Minister of Home in this case.

According to an ASUD release, the Home Ministry has sought a status report of the case from SHO, Hauz Khaz and the IO fur further action.

 

Apiculture training held at Mongku

PASIGHAT, Sept 16: The agriculture department conducted a daylong training program on Apiculture at Mongku village today.

Altogether 70 progressive farmers from Bogong I & II, NGOs, SHGs attended the training programme.

On the occasion, ADO Miram Perme urged the traditional beekeepers to adopt modern and scientific beekeeping practices to increase the productivity of honey. He also urged them to motivate unemployed youths to take up beekeeping enterprise as a means of self employment and sustainable economic source.  

Perme while stressing on organic cultivation practices in the village said such produces would get good market value and boost Apiculture mission also.

Earlier, resource persons Toge Riba and Talem Tali gave details about rearing and management of various bees and usages of medicinal and cosmetic preparations etc. Later the duo demonstrated making and arrangement of ‘Bee-Box’ and extraction of honey on the occasion. DIPRO

 

SAI emerges overall champion

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: Sports Authority of India Special Area Game Centre, (SAI SAG), Naharlagun emerged overall champion in the 22nd State Level Taekwondo Championship held at Doimukh from September 12 to 14.

Doimukh Taekwondo Academy and Papum Pare Taekwondo Academy became the first and second runners up respectively.

The closing ceremony was attended by Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Tai Kai and Deputy Conservator of Forest Chukhu Loma, who distributed prizes to the winners and runners up.

Over 400 players from different parts of the state participated in the championship.

Earlier, the championship was inaugurated DCPF president Tana Pahi in presence of Papum Pare DDSE Tana Tagu Tara.

Meanwhile, Doimukh Taekwondo Academy in a release informed that the players of the academy have won as many as 24 medals--8 gold, 11 silver and 5 bronze—to secure the first  runners up position.

 

Nyokar Siram passes away

PASIGHAT, Sept 16: Nyokar Siram, who served as Yagrung Head Gaon Bura and father of former Minister Bosiram Siram died on September 15 at around 11.59 pm at his private residence at Diking village, Pasighat after prolonged illness.

Later, the mortal remain of Lt. Siram was brought to his Yagrung residence for the last rites which will be performed tomorrow at 1100 hrs.

The 91 yrs old Nyokar is survived by ten children.

Late Siram was born in Sido village. He dedicatedly served the people of Yagrung as Head Gaon Bura and was liked by all for his effective and impartial justice delivery system.

Acknowledging his visionary mission in Agriculture and Horticulture sectors, the Agriculture department of the then NEFA administration sent him to Shillong, Jorhat, Chabua, Margarita, Daporijo, Aalo and many other places in 1960 to gain better knowledge in agriculture and horticulture sectors.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Tapang Taloh, Member of Parliament (LS) Ninong Ering, ZPC Kaling Dai and PMC Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk have condoled the death of Late Siram.  DIPRO

 

Indigenous Festival

ITANAGAR Sept 16: West Kameng Indigenous People's Society (WKIPS) comprising various tribes in the district has decided to celebrate West Kameng Indigenous Festival from November 22 to 25 at Bomdila which will also commemorate the raising day of the society.

The motto behind the celebration of the festival is to promote and preserve the aged old culture and tradition of the indigenous tribes of the West Kameng district. This festival would also promote tourism in the district, according to a WKIPS release.

Seminar on Indigenous tribes of West Kameng, traditional dances, ethnic shows, sports events, food festival will be some of the main events during the festival.

When a WKIPS team headed by Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to apprise him about their proposed festival, the latter has assured all possible help from the government for the successful celebration of the festival, the release said.

 

AACS seeks ouster of NERIST Director

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena (AACS) has sought ouster of Director, NERIST claiming that under him the administration of the institute has completely broken down.

Many irregularities and mismanagement in administration and financial matter has been reported against him since he joined as Director in 2011, stated a letter written to the ministry of Human Resource Development.

It also blamed him of being against the citizens of the state on job appointments.

 

Clarification

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: While pointing out a mistake in the final results of the Second Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship that concluded yesterday, father of Laa Tukum said that Tukum was leading the set 10-5 against his opponent Jokom Ribya in the Men’s Open Single final before he retired hurt.

The final results of the championship published in today’s edition of this daily showed that Tukum lost 21-0 21-0 to Jokom.

He also pointed out that Men’s and Women’s (Open) single titles were lifted by Jokom Ribya and Laa Yajum respectively not by Jokom Riba and Pinky Karki as has been published.

Three more arrested in KP Chacko murder case, accused injured in firing

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: In a major breakthrough, capital police today arrested three more persons related to brutal murder of businessman KP Chacko. Superintendent of police capital complex Seju P. Kuruvilla in a press release informed that this early morning city police laid an ambush at Holongi area and arrested three persons. The three arrested are Daya @ Gunda Basumatary, 21yr, village Baligaon under Dhemaji district (Assam), Dora Sanjay @ Dora Tadu 22 yr, resident of P-Sector, Itanagar and Bikram Boro 18yr, village- Dormopur under Gohpur district (Assam).

Police also recovered one pistol, 4 live rounds, one fired empty cartridge, one stolen motor cycle, 6 mobile phones and 9 SIM cards.

Based on the information gathered, the team led by SDPO Naharlagun Jumar Basar and consisting of Inspector M. Nyori, SI T Loya, SI N Lali, SI G Basar and constables from IRBN laid a trap and intercepted the trio.

During the operation accused fired at the police team and tried to flee. In response, the police opened fire and all the three accused have been caught. They have been admitted in R K Mission Hospital as they received bullet injury during the operation.

With the arrest of the above, a total number of seven accused have been arrested in the kidnapping cum murder case. SP further informed that investigation is in progress to arrest the remaining accuseds who are on the run.

Chacko was kidnapped on 28th August from his Naharlagun rented accommodation. His decomposed body was found few days later from Chiputa near Doimukh.

However, surprisingly the capital police have not revealed the names of remaining four arrested person.

 

APPSC postpones Mains exam, hundreds of aspirants take out rally in protest

[ Amar Sangno ]

ITANAGAR, Sept 16:  Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) have been forced to postpone the ongoing APPSCCE (Mains) 2013-14 till further notice after alleged leakage of the General studies question paper. The commission also resolved to approach the competent authority for magisterial enquiry into the allegations.

Cornered from all sides, it huddled in its office today to fend itself from the barrage of criticisms which has unleashed on it after what appears to be a sheer negligence leading to leakage of general studies question papers.

Hundreds of agitated aspirants today took out rally which started from APPSC office gate to Raj Bhavan.  The candidates who were due to appear for Public Administration and Botany had to leave the examination hall after seeing the tense situation.

Angry protesters, holding placards, shouting slogan against the commission marched to the Raj Bhavan and submitted a representation to the Governor which was received by Secretary. The protesters demanded immediate cancellation of ongoing APPSCCE (Mains) 2013-14, constitution of enquiry committee to investigate the matter and ouster of present members of the commission and re-conduct of the APPSCCE (Mains) within a reasonable time.

In its letter to the Governor, aspirants said that it was saddened by the commission as it allegedly circulated the general studies question papers 2014 since last October 2013.

“The commission has let down the entire state, and its credibility is under serious question” remarked a protester.  Another protester said, “The entire members of the commission should be immediately terminated from their position or replaced, because they failed to perform their duties”. Later a group of protesters met the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to brief him about the situation while submitting the same representation. Raj Bhavan reportedly have instructed the government to look into the matter.

However the state highest independent recruiting body’s move for redemption was seemingly too little and too late for itself as well as for the aspiring candidates, as BJP and All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) already joined in condemnation.

The state BJP has demanded that the case be investigated by a responsible committee to restore people’s trust and confidence otherwise the Commission will continue to face criticism from all quarters.

Citing a past incident of destruction and burning of Commission’s building in 2012 due to alleged irregularity in conduction of examination for the post of Assistant Engineer, BJP said that time has come for Commission to live upto people’s expectations, especially younger generation.

AAPSU in its statement demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) inquire into the paper leak case.

A delegation of AAPSU led by its president Kamta Lapung met the APPSC members and discussed the issue and called for re-setting of the APPSCCE mains question paper.

While condemning alleged carelessness of the concern authority responsible for the alleged leakage of the question paper, AAPSU stated that APPSC should not play with the future of the students.

 

Courting controversy

[Tongam Rina]

It was quite a sight to witness hundreds of students out in already crowded street today in Itanagar braving the heat and dust, protesting against the alleged leakage of General Studies paper of the Combined Civil Service (MAINS) 2014  examination being conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

One's heart went out for aspirants as they formed a long line screaming their frustrations out on the streets armed with hand written banners. Perhaps, many did not venture out for months together as they burnt the proverbial midnight oil preparing for the exam, considered one of the most prestigious in the state.

The Commission has announced postponement of exams but it is sure to affect the lives of many students who have been seriously considering a career in bureaucracy in the state and preparing for it.

Even though Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission has given the state some of the best officers, it is no stranger to controversies.

The reputation of the Commission has been in tatters because of its own doing. Over the years, the Commission has been dragged to court many times because of administrative indecisiveness and wrong decisions. Each time, the Commission has lost the argument in the Courts, which speaks a lot about it.

Other times it has been accused of nepotism, inefficiency and for lack of transparency in its dealing. They say reputation travel miles ahead of reality.  In the case of the APPSC, the lines are not blurred anymore as it has found itself in serious trouble again and again.

One is left wondering why effective and foolproof mechanisms have not been put in place by the marred Commission. The least they could do is ensure that papers are not leaked. Year after year, the commission cannot afford to make avoidable mistakes.

To be fair to the Commission, this latest episode does not look intentional as the unused question papers of 2011 were apparently given out to all those who sought for it since last year. But it sure looks like carelessness on the part of the Commission, which has left aspirants on dire streets.

Will the APPSC try and learn from its past mistakes or will it live up to the reputation of being unable to do anything without committing series of mistakes? One must remember that careers of students and future of bureaucracy is at stake if the very Commission entrusted to search talent fails to exhibit some talent in conduction of its numerous exams.

 

College teacher’s car burnt down over election feud

Staff Reporter

ITANGAR, Sept 16: A car, Alto K10, belonging to Assistant Professor Tao Abo, Department of Commerce, Dera Natung Government College (DNGC) Itanagar with registration number AR01E-3742 was allegedly set ablaze by miscreants reportedly due to college election feud on Sunday evening, said police. Police claimed that arson appeared to have been committed by sympathizer and supporters of the losing party in college election for general secretary.

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A case has been registered with Itanagar Police Station and matter is under investigation, police added.  

Sources said that Assistant Professor Abo was targeted because he was looking after the election process as he is an advisor of students union who is deemed ex-officio chairman of students’ union election grievances reddressal cell as per the Lyndoh Commission.  He was among five board members of election process, it added.  

Sources also informed that feud started when the losing party claimed fault in the election counting process and started demanding immediate recounting.  When board was unable to take decision the matter was referred to the Principal who directed for recounting.

It further added that when board was about to start the recounting process, the opponent party was not present. In meantime Abo’s car was reportedly burnt down.

Taking serious note of the incident, the faculty members of DNGC under the banner of Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers Association (APCTA) DNGC unit today gathered at College and resolved pen down strike till their demands are met.

The association demanded immediate compensation to the victim and immediate measures to stop violence against faculty members. The association also resolved to stage dharna in front of administrative block of DNGC from 8.30 am and will march to Director Higher and Technical Education office on Wednesday in protest against frequent violence against teaching fraternity. It is said that college GS election in DNGC often leaves trail of violence and teaching faculty are ostensibly sandwiched in the rivalry.

 

Protesters demand capital punishment for rapist-killer

AALO, Sept 16: Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, West Siang unit today took out a massive rally at Aalo in protest against the rape and brutal murder of  a lady at Garu village under Gensi circle recently, molestation of a student at Saint Xavier school Aalo and other growing crimes against women and children. Hundreds of members from various organizations including Siyom Army-Public School Principal Hardip Guraya, Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association, West Siang District Socio- culture and Economic Development Society, school and college students and general public participated in the rally  shouting slogan against growing criminal activities against women and children and demanding  capital punishment to the rapist and murderer.

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The rally culminated at Donyi Polo Dere where  the protesters observed two minutes silence as a mark  of respect to the departed soul of the  rape and murder victim.

Later, addressing the gathering on the occasion, APWWS, Aalo unit president Marbom Riba Bagra expressed deep concern over the growing crimes against children and women.

APWWS Aalo Unit secretary general Hoksum Ori called for solidarity among all strata of people to fight crimes that are posing serious threat to our peaceful life.

“We cannot remain mute spectators to evils that plague our society as evil tolerated is evil propagated.”

Later, the Society submitted a 5-point memorandum to the West Siang Deputy Commissioner demanding fast tracking of the rape and murder case at the earliest, proper checking of Inner Line permit at Likabali check gate and other working places, proper identification of outsiders staying in all rental houses, installation of police beat at Garu Tinali, Basar and Patum, appointment and identifications of teaching staffs at private schools under supervision of District Administration. The Society team also had a detail interaction on various issues.  DIPRO

 

Apex Bank inks MoU with NSTFDC, becomes channelizing agent for ST progs

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: National Schedule Tribe Finance & Development Corporation (NSTFDC), a government of India undertaking has entered Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) with Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Limited, appointing later the additional channelizing agent for various schedule tribe related programmes for Arunachal Pradesh.

Participating in the MoU signing function, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki termed it a red letter day for the state and exuded hope that the two agencies would cater to the needs of the tribal populace of the state.

While welcoming the novel decision of NSTFDC for appointing Apex Bank as the additional channelizing agent, the CM exuded confidence that with the entire 32 branches of the cooperative apex bank located mainly in remote areas, the basic objective of the Corporation to support people at situ for employment generation and raise their level of income would be achieved.

“My Government is conscious that we need to create rich pool of human capital to address the concern of unemployment amongst our youths. You all will appreciate that we have created a separate department for Skill Development & Employment Generation to address the problem of unemployment and under employment in the state” Tuki informed the gathering.  

He further disclosed that Employment Generation Council and the State Skill Development Council have been constituted with an objective to firstly provide skills and then identify gainful employment opportunity for the youths.

“One lakh jobs by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan is the target for the State and till date we have successfully employed 31048 youths” a visibly happy Tuki said.

He also divulged on new programmes introduced in the current states budget viz.  A Loan-cum-Subsidy Scheme for eligible Unemployed Youths of Arunachal Pradesh for setting up stone crushers/stone quarries so that sufficient aggregates are made available for speedy completion of road works by implementing agencies.

The chief minister suggested NSTFDC and APSCABL to come forward for more financing programmes especially in skill development and employment generation through institutional and job training, besides focusing on agri and allied sectors.  

The chief minister further requested the NSTFDC and Cooperative Apex Bank to support students pursuing job oriented courses like UPSC, APSC and other competitive examinations.  Tuki suggested for providing educational loans to the tribal citizens on easy documents so that more and more youths from the state can pursue quality education.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi emphasized on project formulation considering the viability of the projects/schemes. He stressed on the agencies to built linkages between the local entrepreneurs and the market so that the produces of the locals are properly marketed.

In his keynote address, CMD NSTFDC G Ramesh Kumar while giving an overview of the programmes and functions of the Corporation hoped that the welfare measures taken up in Arunachal Pradesh would bear fruitful results with the involvement of Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank which has deep rooted presence in the grass root level. He sought support from the state government for successful implementation of all the programmes initiated by the corporation.

Later, MoU was signed between CMD NSTFDC and Administrator Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Apex Bank Limited Olik Taring amidst round of applause from the gathering.

Among others, Parliamentary Secretary Education and Government Spokesperson Bamang Felix, Secretary Cooperation, members from NSTFDC and Apex bank were present.

 

47th Engineers Day observed

Leave no scope for complaint, CM to engineers

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The 47th Engineers Day was observed here last evening by the Arunachal Pradesh Engineering Service Association (APESA).

Addressing the gathering of the engineers on the occasion, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki advised the engineers of all work departments to stick to basic rules of schemes and projects and leave no scope for complaints. He said every care should be taken in the preparation of projects at the very early stages so that implementation part is smoothly completed.

Lauding the engineers of all cadres and disciplines for their contributions in building the state, Tuki said  “No development is possible without engineers and engineering. Therefore, you all are of prominence to the society.”

Tuki dissuaded taking up of projects under pressure and those that are individual-centric. He emphasized that only projects and schemes that would be beneficial to the society at large should be taken up and encouraged.

The Chief Minister pointed that the job of the government or the concerned department is not finished after completion of a project. He said projects completed must be put into use as envisioned.

“There are some projects, which after completion, are lying defunct for various reasons. This is wastage of public money and loss of time and energy of the department concerned,” he observed and stressed for better coordination between sister departments.

In order to do away with loopholes in formulation and execution of projects, the Chief Minister suggested formation of a Technical Committee both at the state and district levels to study projects from all angles and monitor their execution.

Tuki also advised the officials of the work departments to submit Utilization Certificates to concerned ministries on time to facilitate release of funds from the Central Government. Another issue that he pointed, which needed to be taken care of, was revenue leakages.

Responding to a five-point memorandum submitted by APESA President S Sumnyan, the Chief Minister assured to take up the issues raised with his cabinet colleagues and arrive at a decision soon.

He appreciated the power-point presentations made on the occasion by the departments of PWD, Highways and PHE and suggested that such informative presentations ought to be shown to the people at large to educate them on issues related to implementation of projects while taking care of the environment and global warming.

The Chief Minister also appreciated the suggestion made in one of the presentations that engineers from the state, who are as qualified as any engineer in the country, should be sent to outside the state (even the country) to study successful projects.

Also present on the occasion were Power (Electrical) and Home Minister Tanga Byaling, Parliamentary Secretary Karya Bagang, Engineer-turned-MLA Tumke Bagra, Itanagar Chief Councilor Higio Aruni, bureaucrats, retired technocrats and engineers of all work departments.    

 

Police arrests attempted murder suspect

BOMDILA, Sept 16: On September 6, one Md Mojibur Rehman, driver of White colour Bolero of Tezpur was brutally attacked with a Dao and later the attackers fled with the Bolero, informed ASP Doge Jini i/c SP Tawang and West Kameng district.

On September 5, Dadar Lorah of Seppa and Roy Bhowmik of Rubber Bagan T3P hired the Bolero from Tezpur on the pretext of an urgent work at Dirang in West Kameng.  After a night halt at Bomdila, on their way to Tawang, Dadar and Roy attacked the driver with sharp weapon and threw him into a ditch assuming him to be dead at Thonglay about 12 kms from Lumla.  

The duo after committing the crime fled away with the stolen vehicle (Bolero).

However, the villagers of Thongley village picked up the driver and brought the driver at Lumla hospital in critical condition.

On hearing the incident, the OC PS Lumla SI Tsering Dorjee alerted all the OCs and Check gates of both the districts of Tawang and West Kameng and swung into search operation. Next day the stolen Bolero was intercepted at Nag Mandir Check gate in West Kameng with its number plates removed.

The main accused Dadar Lorah managed to escape while co-accused Roy Bhowmik was apprehended with the vehicle.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered under Lumla Police Station. Roy and the vehicle have been taken to Lumla for further investigation and a mass man-hunt is on to arrest Dadar Lorah.

The driver had been referred to Guwahati for further treatment and his health condition is reportedly stable. DIPRO

 

Soaring prices of vegetables hit common people of Ruksin, Pasighat

Correspondent

RUKSIN, Sept 15: Though the stabilization of onion prices brought some respite, steep hike in prices of raw vegetables, fish and meat in the markets of Ruksin and Pasighat has hit hard the common citizens, particularly the wage earners.

The prices of the leafy green vegetable, fruit vegetables and local fishes have become almost double than that of the last year, while the vegetables imported from other states are being sold at an exorbitant rate.

It is alleged that the vendors, taking the advantage of the adverse weather conditions and non-availability of local products, are charging exorbitant prices of vegetables from the consumers. They said high transportation charges of vegetables from Bomdila, Shillong and parts of Assam have led to higher prices of vegetables.

Currently, the average price of a kg of cabbage is Rs 40, Potato - Rs 30, Tomato –Rs 80 to 100, Bitter Gourd - Rs 60, Brinjal - Rs 60, Long Bean - Rs 60, Squash -Rs 50 to 60, and Ladies finger-Rs 40 in the markets of Ruksin and Jonai of bordering Assam.

The prices of fish and meat are also soaring high. The local fishes of various sizes are being sold in exorbitant rate ranging from 200 to 600 per kilogram, while, Mutton sells at anything between Rs 300 to Rs 350 while Broiler chicken and pork go at Rs 200 per kilogram. Similarly, eggs sell at Rs 60 per dozen against official rates of Rs 48 a dozen.

The locals have criticized vendor and fish & meat sellers for ‘arbitrarily’ hiking the prices of commodities, they also blamed the local administration for not monitoring the ‘arbitrary’ price hike in the market.

“The local administration has no regulation over the soaring market prices; the locals said adding the vendors fix the rates of vegetable and other food items on their own.

The authority is purposely giving a free-hand to vendors and sellers to sell the commodities at such high rates,” the sufferers alleged.

Prices of fruits and vegetables, fish and meats are almost the same in the markets of Ruksin, Pasighat and of Jonai (Assam) bordering here. Apples reportedly brought from China and New Zealand cost around Rs 200- 220 per kg and pomegranate brought from Nasik and Hyderabad cost around Rs 240 to 250 per kg.

 

Congress hiding Govt.’s failure: BJP

ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said that Congress was beating around the bush to hide the failure of the state government by making some absurd remarks against the saffron party.

Reacting to Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC)’s press statement about state BJP’s growing demand for ouster of the Home Minister over state’s law and order situation, the State BJP today said that Congress is trying to divert people’s attention from the state’s burning problem by making statement like resignation of the Union Home Minister over security of NE people in the national capital.

“BJP was the first to raise the issue of repeated attack on NE people in the national capital, including the murder of Nido Tanya during UPA-II government in the Centre and the Congress had just followed suit,” the party said.

Congress has never taken any other political party into their confidence in regards to developmental and administrative issues. Therefore, the call of the APCC to fight anti-social elements together in the state is nothing but an eye wash to escape from the responsibility, the party said.

The BJP clarified that it had taken up the issue of law and order problems to the street only to ventilate the anger of the common men and requested Congress not to take the serious issue lightly.

BJP also said that APPRCC’s appeal to not politicize the issue holds no water.

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