Students Body raises fund to help the victims of police firing in Arunachal Pradesh

The Tangsa Students Union together with several welfare societies of Changlang District organized a peaceful candlelight rally and fundraising to condole and to support the families of the four boys who died due to police firing on 25 February at Miao.

“Four of our brave hearts have laid their life for us and for our future generations. It is because of their supreme sacrifice, the Arunachal Government has decided never to table the Permanent Citizen Bill at the State Assembly again, respecting the sentiments of the people”, said Mr. Sengman Ronrang, the President of the district Tangsa Student Union. “The lost lives will not come back again but they will live in our hearts forever. We must stand together and support the families our brave men who sacrificed their today for our tomorrow”, he said appealing the welfare societies for generous contribution.

Nearly 500 people took part in the peaceful rally that saw the participation of Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society, Yobin Welfare Society, Yobin Youth Association, Galo Welfare Society, Tagin Student Union, Singpho Women Organization, Muklom Elite Society, Singpho Development Society, officers, public leaders and Church representatives.

“We are not against anyone. We are a very peace loving community. Impulsive decisions without reference to the true sentiments of the people of the state and the untimely death of the four young lives all could have been easily avoided. We have come here to condole the death of our brave boys and to express our solidarity with the bereaved families”, said Ms. Pinna Kitnal, a women leader from the district.

A collection box was kept at the concluding point of the rally and everyone chipped in with their generous contribution.

The situation in Arunachal is returning to normalcy after three days of widespread violence that witnessed stone pelting, firing and torching the private house of the Deputy Chief Minister of the state. The situation turned uncontrollable after a young boy protesting over the government decision to grant Permanent Residential Certificate to non indigenous people was shot dead on 22 February and three more protesters were killed in police firing the next day.

In the wake of the tragic turn of events, the Government has decided to grant Rs. 20 Lakh and Government job to the kin of the bereaved family and 10 Lakh to the injured.

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