ITANAGAR– The All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has called a 12-hour Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) bandh on 23 November to demand the transfer of Commissioner (Edn) Niharika Rai from the state and dropping of a criminal case against their members.

Regarding their first demand, the union alleged that Niharika Rai is inefficient in delivering justice to the students and has no right to hold any office in Arunachal Pradesh. Instead of paying heeds to the prayer on the 14-point representation, the union alleged she showed a careless and negligent attitude. Despite pressing for these demands for many months, they received no support from the education department, they said.

Regarding their second demand, the union stated that their central executive members met with Chief Minister Pema Khandu on the aforementioned 14-points in September. 

However, while entering the state civil secretariat, the members got into an argument with the police on duty. As per the Union, the matter was resolved after the meeting with CM. But a few days later, the union received a call informing about an FIR registered against the union. 

During the day-long bandh, the union has exempted ambulance services, medical services, pharmacies, district magistrates, police personnel on duty, media persons, milk vans and fire services.

The district administration had called ANSU for a meeting to find a solution to the problem, but ANSU refused to attend the meeting and stated that they had been waiting for three months but now calling the meeting at the last moment was of no use.

The district administration declared the proposed bandh as illegal and imposed Section 144 of the CrPC.

Meanwhile, the union’s leaders also threatened to intensify their agitation if the government failed to meet their demands after the bandh on 23 November.

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