2012 yearender: Arunachal saw natural calamities, scams, attacks on media

Arunachal Pradesh

Natural calamities, breakdown in law and order, bandh calls, coal scam and attacks on journalists and media houses marked the year 2012 in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Himalayan state was struck by flood and landslides which claimed at least 35 lives. The law-and-order situation deteriorated with a large number of cases of abduction, murder and dacoity reported. At least 140 cases of atrocities against women were reported during the year.

Security forces arrested 33 cadres of various rebel groups including ULFA, NSCN and Naga National Council besides six Naxals.

Insurgency-hit Tirap and Changlang districts witnessed a series of clashes between both the factions of the NSCN during the year. The Centre sanctioned an amount of Rs 130 crore as a special package for modernisation of police forces in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts.

The state suffered a total loss of 828 hours due to bandhs called by various organisations during the year.

It was a year of trial and turbulence for the state media as it faced repeated attacks from miscreants. Tongam Rina, an Associate Editor of the state's first English daily Arunachal Times was shot at by unidentified assailants in July when she was entering her office.

The state media fraternity launched a series of agitation demanding arrest of the culprits and handing over the case to CBI, which the state government complied with. However, the investigating agency later declined to accept the case.

The newspaper office was also vandalised by unknown persons in April while two of its staff were attacked in September. The office of Echo of Arunachal, the oldest newspaper from the state, was vandalised and its associate editor Tapan Kumar Das assaulted by some persons in November.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who also holds the Home portfolio, ordered round-the-clock police security in all media establishments besides installation of high resolution CCTV cameras.

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