Govt announces bandh call illegal

ITANAGAR, Dec 27: The state government has appealed to the citizens of the state to firmly denounce the proposed bandh call by the Abo Tani Clan Organization (ATCO) on Dec 29 as it declared it illegal.
The decision to declare the bandh as illegal was taken during a high level meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein in Itanagar which was attended by several officers and elected representatives.
Mein said that government will not tolerate any bandh call as he termed it an attempt to disturb the activities of the government.
He directed the Capital district administration to issue a strict order to effectively deal with the Bandh call and also instructed the Chief Secretary to ensure normal office works on the day.
State BJP President Tapir Gao who also attended the meeting said that bandh call have never benefited the people as he called full proof security to the citizens and business communities who are always at the receiving end during such bandh calls.
Parliamentary Secretary PWD and the local legislator Techi Kaso said that government should reiterate its firm commitment to maintain law and order at all costs and ensure the security of the citizens is not compromised in any way.
He appealed to the members of the public and requested the government employees in particular not to pay any heed to unreasonable call and to come out as they would on any normal day and carry on their daily activities without any fear or apprehension of reprisals.
While terming bandh call as illegal, i/c Chief Secretary Marnya Ete quoted the Supreme Court’s order and asked the DC to issue warning to the bandh callers and to hold them responsible for the losses incurred during the bandh.
Any public or private property damaged or losses incurred shall be realized from the bandh callers as per the Court’s order.
DC Capital complex Prince Dhawan apprised the DCM that district administration will make all elaborate arrangement to defy the bandh and no one will be allowed to disturb the peace and tranquility of the capital complex.
DGP Sandeep Goel said that elaborate security arrangement will be made and deployed in all location of the capital complex. No one will be allowed to take law in their own hand, he said. He appealed to the bandh callers not to create problems and hurdles for common citizens or strict action will be initiated.
The meeting was also attended by Minister Education Honchun Ngamdam, Parliamentary Secretaries Jambey Tashi & Phurpa Tsering and State BJP Vice President Tame Phassang, IGP Law & Order Nobin Payeng, Under Secretary Home C.N.Longphoi, SP ICC S.S.Kalsi, Chief Councilor IMC Kipa Kaku, and President Itanagar & Naharlagun Market Welfare Society Yumlam Achung & Tadar Sima.