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Tribal outfit suspends protest agitation, 20 detained under Arunachal UAPA released

On Monday, ANYA leaders said they have suspended a planned 48-hour strike in the capital region in protest, demanding release of their detained members.

Written by Debraj Deb | Agartala |
Updated: January 18, 2022 4:37:34 am
Reacting to the release of ANYA supporters and leaders, the organization's general secretary Bengia Tada said the 48 hour bandh called after their detention, was also suspended following their release.

The local administration in the state capital region on Monday released 20 people detained under the Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 2014.

The detention was made on Friday during a 36-hour bandh called by the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA), a youth body representing the state’s Nyishi tribe, at the state’s capital region, including Itanagar, Nagarlagun and adjoining areas.

On Monday, ANYA leaders said they have suspended a planned 48-hour strike in the capital region in protest, demanding release of their detained members.

Addressing the media on Monday evening, Capital Deputy Collector Talo Potom said youths should discuss problems with the government instead of carrying out bandhs. “Sometimes we don’t know things (issues at stake), and bandh calls are issued,” he said. “The public suffers (as a result) more than the administration. Bandh calls are unconstitutional. No one should entertain bandh calls.”

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He appealed to people to cooperate with the administration to avoid hassles such as blocking internet services and other means of communication.

Reacting to the release of ANYA supporters and leaders, the organisation’s general secretary, Bengia Tada, told The Indian Express that the 48-hour bandh called by them in protest has been suspended. “Our supporters were released. We will decide our next court of action in our executive body meeting later,” he said.

While releasing the detainees, Capital Deputy Collector Talo Potom said they will not participate in bandhs in future and will work for development of the society.

In a video that emerged on social media, Potom, surrounded by the soon-to-be-released detainees, was heard purportedly saying: “We observed wisdom, strength of mind and positive mindset among them during interaction. We hope they will develop Nyishi society ahead and won’t participate in bandhs. In future, they will not participate in strike; they promised they will do good work for the society…”

On Sunday, Potom had said at a press conference that those found innocent among the people detained during the bandh would be released as per a government order. The administration will take steps on the basis of needs in future, he had said.

ANYA had accused Chief Minister Pema Khandu of allegedly being involved in a Rs 2,000-crore scam involving government funds. It submitted a memorandum to the government on December 10 with a 15-month “deadline”.

Khandu denied the allegations as “politically motivated”. Subsequently, ANYA called a 36-hour strike in the state’s capital region.

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