Arunachal: Complaint Filed Against Itanagar Police Officer for Extended Detention

Northeast Desk, 27th February: The Northeast Human Rights (NEHR) in Arunachal Pradesh has lodged a complaint against the Officer-in-charge of Itanagar police station for unlawfully prolonging the detention of individuals beyond 24 hours post their arrest.

The detained individuals, identified as Tadak Nalo, Techi Rana, Marge Kamnyi, Takar Rai, Techi Puru, and Hage Butung of Pan Arunachal Joint Steering Committee (PAJSC), were held beyond the stipulated time frame.

A human rights activist representing North East Human Rights Research (NEHR) raised concerns over the detention of six individuals in Itanagar. Tadak Nalo, Techi Rana, Marge Kamnyi, and Takar Rai were detained from 5 pm to 6 pm on 19/02/24, while Techi Puru and Hage Butung were held from 10 pm to 11 pm the same day. The activist, upon seeking clarification from the Itanagar Police Station, was informed that the detention was due to suspicion of committing a cognizable offense.

Questioning the rationale behind deeming peaceful protestors advocating for justice in the Cash for Job scam related to the State PCS exam of Arunachal Pradesh as a threat, the activist highlighted the detainees’ release after more than 28 and 40 hours respectively. Moreover, they were made to sign a bond in the police station without the seal and sign of the District magistrate.

The activist demands a thorough investigation into the extended detention periods and calls for corrective measures to prevent future violations. Emphasizing the significance of upholding justice, human rights, and the rule of law, they stress the importance of maintaining trust in law enforcement agencies.

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