[Assam] Indian Army apologises for atrocities on Arunachal villagers

Pradip Kumar Datta pradip200 at yahoo.com
Tue May 8 00:06:23 PDT 2007

Army apologises for  atrocities on Arunachal villagers
 ITANAGAR,  May 7 – The Army has apologised to the Arunachal Pradesh Government following  complaints of atrocities on Namgo villagers in the State’s Lohit district in the  wake of operations carried out after an IED blast by suspected ULFA militants on  April 25. 

The apology was conveyed to the Governor S K Singh last night  when he called up the commander of the second mountain division Maj Gen N C  Marwah.

Arunachal Rural Development Minister Chowna Mein had briefed the  Governor about the alleged army atrocities on the villagers after the blast in  which two army personnel were killed and four others were injured. 

The  briefing followed an interaction Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had with his  Cabinet colleagues. 

After the briefing, the Governor spoke to Maj. Gen  Marwah, based at Dinjan in Assam, and told him that such incidents should not be  repeated in future. 

Mein, who visited the village, said the villagers  were made to clear the jungles and used for searching the bodies. The armymen,  he claimed, had confined the villagers without food and water for some time  immediately after the blast. – PTI

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