FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, Dec 18: The political tussle between both the factions of the ruling Congress in this frontier state has forced the denizens of the twin capital cities to remain as hostage for almost three hours on Thursday, as cadres of Aruchal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) resorted to blockade of the NH 415 near Papu llah, bringing traffic to a standstill.
Pathetically, Karka Bahadur Chetry, a civilian in his sixties, breathed his last while waiting to cross the human blockade.
Chetry was on his way to his home town Kimin after being discharged from R K Mission Hospital here.
“His family members were waiting eagerly to meet him again after being hospitalised for the past two weeks,” one of his relatives who carried the dead body informed.
Hundreds of vehicles were seen stranded on both sides of the blockade as Tuki’s supporters burnt tyres in front of the eyes of the security personnel who remained helpless.
When this scribe questioned the duty of the personnel one replied that they have no permission from the administration.
“The common people are being sandwiched in the political fight for the coveted chair of the chief minister. The administration is hopeless who did nothing to clear the blockade despite appeals from the stranded people,” commented an aggrieved commuter.
The situation in Itagar was also tensed as members of Aruchal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) staged protest in half-ked state against the arbitrary decision of Governor J P Rajkhowa for preponing the assembly session to December 16 from January 14 next year.
The APMCC cadres shouting anti-governor slogans staged their protest near the road that lead to the Raj Bhawan.