Nyamar Karbak, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s assembly polls candidate from Liromoba constituency, said he would take appropriate and strict legal action against the intellectual support group (ISG) of West Siang district for ‘unnecessarily dragging his name into an occurrence which he was not even aware of’.
The ISG which claims to represent the five circles of Yomcha, Liromoba, Darak, Lower Kamba and Upper Kamba in West Siang district had on Saturday alleged the police of breaking the laid down procedures while carrying out raids in the Tego Gamlin and Laggi Gamlin villages of the district and had also raised apprehensions that Karbak was behind it.
Alleging politically motivated vendetta by the ruling party, the ISG in a representation submitted to the director general of police (DGP) had stated that “the raid was presumably carried out at the behest of Karbak”.
Tego Gamlin and Laggi Gamlin are the ancestral village of the National People’s Party (NPP) contesting candidate Jarpum Gamlin.
Karbak, who is also the sitting MLA from Liromoba in a statement on Sunday said that as far as he knows, the police are in search of criminals who committed robbery and severely assaulted one Bajum Bogo, the BJP Mandal president of 27th Liromoba assembly constituency at Hotel Miinta, Aalo earlier in March this year.
“I am of the belief that the police does not require a “search warrant” if there is credible information about the presence of criminals in any area. No one is above the law and our society is not governed by thugs and criminals. If someone has committed a crime, they will eventually have to face the consequences,” Karbak said.
The ISG had alleged that at least a dozen masked police personnel raided and searched several houses at Laggi Gamlin village without identifying themselves and without showing search warrant on the intervening night of May 1 and 2.
“I have been witnessing for long that that a few people with vested interests have been unnecessarily dragging my name in the media. Just because I do not respond or react all the time, does not mean that cooked up stories will be fed to the people. Appropriate legal recourse shall be taken against those indulging in defaming me,” Karbak said.