Union questions SIT’s efficiency in handling Toko Yame murder case; threatens economic blockade

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, May 15: The All East Kameng District Students’ Union (AEKDSU) has once again questioned the efficiency of the state police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the unsolved Toko Yame murder case.
Yame was murdered in Tawang, allegedly on 16 September, last year, following a scuffle among students of the higher secondary school and the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) there.
Addressing media persons at the press club here, AEKDSU president Chakang Yangda said Yame’s bereaved family is awaiting justice for their lost son for the last nine months but there has been no breakthrough in the case.
Yame was a class 12 student at the government higher secondary school in Tawang. He went missing after the scuffle broke out on 16 September, 2017. His semi-decomposed body was found a week later at the Biga waterfall, near the JNV, on 23 September.
Demanding immediate justice for the bereaved family, the AEKDSU threatened to launch an economic blockade against Tawang district if the authority fails to ensure a successful investigation.
The union also demanded a CBI inquiry, claiming that the SIT is investigating the case at a snail’s pace.
After Yame had gone missing, a joint resolution had been signed between the East Kameng Social Welfare & Cultural Organisation, the All Nyishi Students’ Union, the AEKDSU, panchayat members of Tawang, and the Tawang district administration on 22 September, 2017, to maintain peace and tranquility in Tawang.
The resolution drew flak from the bereaved family, which said the resolution had been made without taking the family members into confidence. The AEKDSU later withdrew from the joint resolution after Yame’s body was found.
“It has been nine months, yet the SIT cannot come to a logical conclusion to its investigation; so the state government should hand over the case to the CBI for free and fair investigation,” said AEKDSU general secretary Nera Gumro.
The union also questioned the fairness of the manner in which the investigation is being conducted by the SIT.
Yame’s bereaved father, Koya Yame, alleged that the authority has allowed the culprits to go scot-free on the pretext that they were juvenile.
Following the discovery of the body, over 20 people were reportedly detained by the police for interrogation. However, no one has been implicated so far.
“They have set up a juvenile home in Tawang to shelter the culprits, whereas the Juvenile Board’s home is in Pasighat,” said the aggrieved father.
He appealed to the SIT to not let the people lose faith in the law, adding that justice is being denied to his late son.