Arunachal: NHRC seeks report on Pumao village shooting


ITANAGAR: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has appealed to the Longding SP to present a complete report on the death of a civilian who was allegedly shot by uniformed men in Pumao village, Longding district, on May 16, 2020.

According to the Arunachal Times (AT) report, the commission has called on the secretary of the defence ministry and the Department of military affairs.

“NHRC presses on the issue after the Arunachal unit of the North East Human Rights Organization (NEHRO) sought its help,” mentioned the Arunachal Times.

Reportedly, the 19th Sikh Regiment army personnel and the locals of Pumao village had sat for a peaceful meeting to resolve the alleged thrashing up of one civilian by army personnel on May 16, 2020.

“Later, the meeting turned out to be violent, when villagers got restless and started pelting stones at the army and in retaliation army personnel fired back,” NHRC said.

Following the incident, the Longding SP intimidated the commission on October 16, 2020, about their investigation into the matter, with several other district officials.

“Upon reaching the place of occurrence, one dead body was found lying with bullet injury on the head, who was later identified as Lamdan Lukham (60), a resident of Pumao village, Longding district.

On 17 September 2020, upon receipt of complaint from the 19th Sikh Regiment Longding, an FIR was registered at Longding Police Station.

The commission has demanded a comprehensive report within four weeks. (With inputs from Arunachal Times)

(Edited by Gabriel G Momin)