- NET Web Desk
Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Bamang Felix on Tuesday urged the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) to withdraw 12-hr bandh across the state capital Itanagar, keeping in view of the greater interest of Arunachal Pradesh and its people.
The minister categorically informed that 14-point demands forwarded by the Students Union were addressed by the Department of Education on October 15 last.
While addressing the mediapersons during a press conference on Monday, Felix asserted that demands of the group have already been met and thus the Bandh placed by the union was ‘not justified’.
The bandh has been called from 5 AM to 5 PM on November 23 over a host of demands, which include – Immediate Transfer of Present Commissioner (Education), Niharika Rai from the State; & Immediate dropping of criminal case against the Team ANSU.
Regarding the demand for transfer of Education Commissioner Niharika Rai, the home minister said that “the officer has performed her task and worked to resolve the 14-point demand raised by ANSU.”
Meanwhile, a criminal case was lodged against the union, after its members reportedly clashed with the police last week after they attempted to enter the civil secretariat in Itanagar.
“There is a CBSE exam on 23rd and therefore I request ANSU to call off the bandh. ANSU being a student organization should consider this aspect of the student interest also. ANSU leaders are the future of Nyishi community and we expect them to act maturely,” the home minister further added.
However, responding to the statement, ANSU accused him of misleading residents, and claimed that none of the issues raised by the Union has been resolved properly by the state government.
It further warned of intensifying the protest, if their demands were not met by the state government.