Prior to the firing incident, there was heavy stone-pelting in the CJM court building, sources said
Prior to the firing incident, there was heavy stone-pelting in the CJM court building, sources said|Representational image
ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Aunachal: IRBn constable shot dead inside CJM court in West Siang

The deceased, Tapop Yajo (32), was deployed on night shift inside CJM court complex in Aalo in West Siang district when miscreants fired at him in the wee hours of Tuesday

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Itanagar: A constable on duty at the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court in Aalo of Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district was reportedly shot dead by unidentified miscreants in the wee hours on Tuesday.

The deceased, identified as Tapop Yajo (32), was serving as a constable in the 5th India Reserve Battalion (IRBn) of Arunachal Pradesh police. A resident of Mechuka in Shi-Yomi district, Yajo was reportedly on a night shift in the CJM court when the fateful incident took place.

According to sources, the incident took place around 3 am on Tuesday.

Sources said that prior to firing incident there was heavy stone pelting in the CJM building and there was every possibility that Yajo had gone to enquire about the same when he was shot at.

The police who reached the spot after being informed about the incident have registered a case under Sections 449/302 of IPC read with Sec 25/27 of Arms Act. The body of the deceased has been handed over to his family members after post-mortem.

Yajo is survived by his father, mother, wife and two daughters. He was the younger brother of Naik Tape Yajo who was posthumously awarded the Kirti Chakra for his sacrifice during the operations against terrorists in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on September 22, 2008.

There is a stadium in Aalo named after him. Meanwhile, several organisations and civil societies of the state have vehemently condemned the incident.

Demanding for an special investigation team (SIT) probe into the case, the West Siang District Bar Association (WSDBA) has announced to stage a dharna in front of the CJM court on Wednesday.

Condemning the death and demanding justice for the victim’s family, the WSDBA has at the same time expressed resentment over the repeated incidences of miscreants trying to destroy the CJM court and demanded that adequate security forces be provided at the court premises.

“Unidentified miscreants have tried to burn down the court in the past three occasions. We will boycott all the proceedings of the court in the West Siang district until the police show a sign of positive investigation in both the cases,” WSDBA president Minrik Noshi said.

The Adi Bane Kebang has also condemned the cruel crime and requested the authority concerned to arrest the culprit(s) at the earliest.

The Galo Students’ Union and local MLA Kento Jini have also expressed shock over the alleged killing and sought immediate arrest of the miscreants.

Calls made to the West Siang deputy commissioner and superintendent of police for more details on the case went unanswered.

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