NEW DELHI: Locals in Arunachal turned to the streets in large number to register their protest against the killing of a civilian Lamdam Lukham and seriously injuring of six others in Pumao village under Longding district by the Indian forces of 19th Sikh Regiment.
The protest was organized by various organizations headed by the Wancho Council.
Protesters submitted a memorandum to the Longding Deputy Commissioner Chesta Yadav and SP BR Reddy demanding justice for the deceased and compensation to his next of kin.
They gave a week-long ultimatum to the state government demanding early action against the Army personnel involved in the killing of civilians, and threatened to resort to democratic action in case the demands are not met within the stipulated time.
It may be recalled that on May 16, one civilian was shot death and several others injured in a firing by Indian Army at Pumao village. The firing incident happened when the peaceful meeting between the villagers and Army following the incident in which one Jimphu Wangnow was allegedly beaten up for no reason by the army personnel turned chaotic.
The army personnels who had no sufficient reason to explain in their defence tried to move out from the village amidst the meeting which angered the villagers and they started pelting stones at the army. In retaliation the Indian Army fired back at the crowded public killing one civilian identified as Lamdaan Lukham around 60 yrs old while several others were reportedly injured in the incident.