The Biki Welfare Society (BWS) on Sunday has demanded that the Arunachal Pradesh government to institute probe into the death of Biki Ruja who was killed in the police firing during anti-PRC protest in Itanagar on February 24 last.
The society demanded that the government institute an investigation team comprising a retired high court judge and arrest the main perpetrator of the shootout that took place near the circuit house in Itanagar that led to the death of Ruja, according to reports.
The BWS has also set a deadline of March 9 to handover the erring police personnel who had shot Ruja.
The appeal has been made to the Pema Khandu-led state government, the Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU), the Nyishi Ethnic Students’ Association (NESA) and the All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU), adding that otherwise it will be compelled to launch a democratic movement.
Interacting with media at the Itanagar Press CLub on Sunday, BWS president Biki Tamo said that the police person involved in the shooting should be handed over to the family, so that action can be taken as per the ‘customary rules and norms’.
He said the Biki family has not asked for any compensation and will not discuss about compensation till its demand is fulfilled.
The state government had earlier announced ex gratia of Rs 20 lakhs and a government job to the family of the deceased.
Tamo said if the ALSU, the NESA and the APPDSU had called bandhs in phases, the situation could have been avoided.
BWS information and publicity secretary Biki Langre said the BWS seeks ‘smouldering the entire (PRC) file recommended by the joint high power committee (JHPC) in front of the general mass’.
The BWS has also sought the resignation of chief minister Pema Khandu, deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, and cabinet minister and JHPC chairman Nabam Rebia, and termination of Itanagar deputy commissioner and superintendent of police.