Kharsang, 1 April: Various youth and women organization across Arunachal Pradesh took out candle light march to protest against the murder of a young girl on 1 April 2022.
Decomposed body of 25 year old Ngnem Ngaimong was found on 30 March, 23 days after she went missing on her way back home.
Thousands of people across the state, including a large number of men and children, participated in the silent candle light march to register their anger and press for speedy justice to the victim’s family.
According to the missing report filed by the victim’s sister, the victim had gone to meet her sister in Miao on 7 March and returned on the same day to her home in Panchun village in Changlang district, some 20 kilometres away from Miao. She went missing after she called her sister back after getting off the auto she was travelling.
The family’s search for the victim led nowhere and so they filed a missing report. The police started the search operation immediately after the missing report was filed and arrested two men on suspicion as they had the possession of the mobile phone of the victim.
Meanwhile, a man working in his field came across a decomposed body on 30 March and the victim’s sister identified it to be her sister.
Angry mob gathered at the police station in Kharsang and set police vehicles on fire, following the discovery. However, the situation was brought under control after assurance from the administration for a speedy trial and transfer of the case to SIT.
Following the incident, several women and youth organizations in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam raised their concern over the abhorrent incident.
The All Tangsa Women Welfare Society (ATWWS), led by Korong Longri, led the candle march in Kharsang sub division in which more than a thousand people across the district too part.
Speaking prior to the march, the president of the ATWWS said, “We are here to demand justice for the victim and for the bereaved family. Incidents of this kind are shocking beyond words. We demand speedy delivery of justice to the victim’s family.”
In the candle light march at Nampahi circle of Changlang district, organised by the All Changlang District Student Union and Namphai Youth Association (NYA), more than three hundred people participated braving the rain and bad weather.
Speaking at the conclusion of the march, Nothai Tonglim, the convener of NYA expressed his anguish over the failure of the police and local administration in cracking the case. “It is sad that we found the decomposed body of our sister, even though the police station is hardly three kilometres away from the crime scene. We urge the police for a speedy trial and delivery of justice”, he said.
The District Commissioner, Devansh Yadav and Miao Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sunny Singh too expressed their grief over the unfortunate and sad incident. They promised the victim’s family compensation and justice.
Candle light marches were also held in Miao, Jairampur, Changlang, Bordumsa, Itanagar, Naharlagun and several other places across the state.