Arunachal Pradesh: Massive candle-light march held after murder of 5-year old in Diyun

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Diyun, 2 October: A massive crowd participated in a candle light march organized on Monday seeking justice for a five-year-old girl who was brutally murdered at Diyun in Arunachal Pradesh's Changlang district.

About 6,000 people belonging to all communities from all walks of life including students, local leaders, teachers, Gaon Burahs, shopkeepers and the public joined the candle-light march organised by the Arunachal Pradesh Chakma Students Union (APCSU) in collaboration with Chakma Women Welfare Society (CWWS), Chakma Welfare Society (CWS), CCRCHAP, Diyun Bazar Committee, among others.

The participants in one voice strongly condemned the brutal murder of five-year-old Elina Chakma, daughter of Sadhan Chakma of Jyotipur-1 village under Diyun circle and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.

The victim, studying in Class 1 at a local private school, went missing on 28 September. Her dead body was found on 1 September half-buried near the IRBN Headquarters at Diyun.

Police have sent the dead body to local community health centre for medical examination. But police are yet to make any arrest.

Maya Devi Chakma, President of CWWS, who flagged off the march said "This kind of dastardly act on an innocent child was unheard of before. The parents are worried now for the safety of their children. This calls upon the police to immediately act by arresting the culprits in order to bring a sense of security among the public."

The reason for the death remains unknown as the medical examination or the post-mortem report is yet to be made public.

"Justice must be provided to the victim's family without any further delay. The incident is unacceptable and the police must bring the culprits to book at the earliest possible time. Justice delayed is justice denied," APCSU Assistant General Secretary Nunez Chakma said.

APSCU Communication Secretary Rakesh Talukdar Chakma demanded that the post-mortem report should be immediately made public as the entire population of the area wants to know the reason why the minor girl had to part with her life.

Various public leaders spoke during the ocassion and expressed solidarity with the family in the fight for justice.

The apex Chakma students body further stated that the authorities must provide adequate compensation to the victim's family and clarified that it will not stop till justice is served.