ITANAGAR, Nov 20 – The Itanagar police has arrested four more persons including the prime accused Dobing Sonam and three of his accomplices, namely, Tagum Phassang, Kome Yangfo and Roye Yangfo in the ransacking of the office of ‘Echo of Arunachal’, a local English daily and assaulting its Associate Editor Tapan Das.
The four accused were arrested from a hotel in Guwahati. With this, the total arrests made in connection with the attack on the media house rose to five. Police had earlier arrested one Tagyo Sonam from Naharlagun on November 13.
On a tip-off, the SP, Itanagar Capital Complex, Surender Kumar rushed two police teams to Guwahati to arrest the culprits. The four accused were arrested from Hotel VIP International, Kalapahar (Guwahati) at around 12.20 am in the intervening night of November 19-20.
During interrogation, it was revealed by the four accused that they were taking shelter in different places in Assam in the last 10 days to avoid arrest. They used to change their location every second or third day.
The manhunt for the remaining five accused is going on, said an official release.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today held a high level security meeting here to discuss the overall security and law and order scenario in the State.
An official communique said that the meeting attended by the Principal Advisor to CM, TN Thongdok, Parliamentary Secretary for Home Gadam Ete, Chief Secretary, Home Commissioner and DGP dwelt in length on immediate steps to be taken to improve the law and order situation in Arunachal, particularly the State capital, Itanagar.
It was decided that thorough ILP checking to filter the illegal immigrants in the capital city would be carried out while any kind of unlawful activities would be dealt firmly.
Tuki stressed for effective policing through adequate manning of the check gates and increasing night patrolling in the towns.
Taking serious note of some reported incidences of extortion and forceful donations, the Chief Minister cautioned the wrongdoers of stern action and asked the police to beef up the security blanket in and around capital complex 24x7. He further called for checking mushrooming of illegal organisations which indulge in unlawful activities thereby creating law and order problems in the State.
“We need to instill a sense of security amongst the people residing in the State capital”, Tuki emphatically said while directing the Police to take every possible steps in this regard.
The Chief Minister further issued directives to go for extensive checking of illegal arms and said anybody found with illegal arms should be given stringent punishment according to the law of land.
The CM appealed the general mass to come forward and help the government in maintaining the law and order situation.