Unpleasant incidents portray army in bad light: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) expressed serious concern over the repeated unpleasant incidents involving the defence forces in the state over the past few months.
Citing the examples of the recent Bomdila and Longding incidents, the Dollungmukh fire range dispute, and the recent Anjaw mortar blast incident, the AAPSU said in a press release on Monday that such incidents portrayed the defence forces in a bad light.
Taking serious note of the Anjaw blast incident, the union said,
“Had the authorities put restrictions on civilian movement near the firing range, the incident would not have occurred.” It urged the armed forces to adopt corrective measures to avoid recurrence of such incidents.
The AAPSU also urged the state government to increase the compensation amount for the families of those killed in the incident, saying the current compensation would not be enough to sustain the families in the long run.
“Both the state government and the army should look into the prospect of providing government employment to the family members of those killed,” the release added.
Meanwhile, the AAPSU, under the banner of the North East Students’ Organization (NESO), will organize a motorcycle rally from Nyikum Niya Hall in Nirjuli to the IG Park tennis court here on 30 November in support of the NESO’s demand for immediate scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.
The bike rally is among a series of agitation programmes to be launched by the NESO in the coming days, it said.