From Our Correspondent
ITAGAR, May 12: Chief Minister Kalikho Pul on Wednesday handed over ex-gratia relief of Rs 18 lakhs to the next of the kin of those killed in the May 2 firing incident at police station here and promised them government jobs.
The firing had left two people dead, six with major injury and another five with minor injury.
Perturbed with the loss, the family of the deceased pleaded the chief minister for justice when they met him in an atmosphere filled with emotion, an official report said here today.
Pul assured that strict action would be taken against those found guilty. He informed that two magisterial enquiries are currently going on: one at the state level by Commissioner Hage Khoda and another at local level by Jang ADC Dilip Kr. Chutia. “Once the reports are tabled, swift action will be taken,” the chief minister assured the gathering attended by the victim’s families, the injured and the members of the peace committee constituted recently by the district administration.
The chief minister also handed over Rs 6 lakhs for those with major injury and Rs 1 lakh with minor injury.
Reportedly, four of the injured victims are being treated at different hospitals in Guwahati and one at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong. Pul said he would be visiting those patients soon.
“Although no amount of relief can compensate the loss, but we must ensure that no such tragic incidents occur in the future,” He added.
Urging the people that “it’s time to move ahead” the chief minister ordered the lifting of section 144 CrPC from the town for normalcy to return.
The chief minister, however, affirmed that the government was ready to deal “firmly” with those wanting to disturb peace again.
The chief minister expressed his deep gratitude to Guru Rimpoche, Lobsang Lama and the peace committee in working together for peace to return.
He regretted that he could not visit Tawang at the earliest after one failed attempt when he had to return from Bhutan due to bad weather. He, however, informed that he had persolly met the PM, Home Minister, Chief of Army Staff and apprised them of the situation in Tawang and had requested for relief during his visit to New Delhi last week.
Pul also handed over ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakhs to each family of the victims killed in Thongleng landslide on April 23, where reportedly two people had died. The family also received Rs 1 lakh from the Governor’s relief fund. The four other injured in the landslide each received Rs. 25,000 from the Governor’s relief fund.
The chief minister was accompanied by Power Minister T N Thongdok, MLA Jarkar Gamlin, DGP in charge bin Payeng and Commissioner Hage Kojeen, the report added.