Sol Dodum calls off protest after govt assurance

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, 13 May: Activist Sol Dodum on Friday called off his month-long protest against the state government, demanding fulfilment of his charter of demands, including provision of clean drinking water supply in East Kameng HQ Seppa.

The month-long deadlock ended after the government reportedly gave a written assurance to carry out investigation into the water supply issue in Seppa.

With this, Dodum has also called off his proposed ‘anti-corruption foot march’ to New Delhi.

Speaking to media persons, Dodum said, “My charter of demands has been fulfilled. The SIC has registered the case. PHE executive engineer has been transferred and drinking water and road restoration issue are also fulfilled.”

“I wish that a Sol Dodum should be born in every house, village, colony and sector in the state, without compromising with the authorities. Change will come only when we stand up against corruption,” Dodum said, dedicating his movement to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

“This movement is a wake-up call to every corrupt officer in the state. They should be ready to face consequences,” he said.

Dodum had been protesting against the Seppa PHE division since last April.

He set off on a foot march from Seppa to Itanagar, covering more than 200 kilometres, demanding fresh drinking water supply in Seppa township, restoration of damaged roads, transfer of the PHE EE and the East Kameng deputy commissioner, and an SIC inquiry into the goings-on in the Seppa PHE division.

Dodum’s non-violent movement caught the state’s attention, compelling the government to scramble to fulfil his demands.