Itanagar/New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has urged the public to help in investigating the case involving the shooting of woman journalist Tongam Rina.
Unidentified assailants on July 15 fired shots and injured Rina, an Associate Editor of the Arunachal Times in Itanagar.
"The public should also cooperate with us by giving information wherever they get some information and for that the government is ready to give reward for there contribution of certain information to the government or the security officers," said Tuki.
Infuriated over the shooting of a woman journalist, protestors held demonstrations across the country on Monday and Tuesday. People hailing from the northeastern state also held a protest outside Arunachal Bhawan in New Delhi.
Commenting on the gruesome incident in an otherwise peaceful region of Arunachal Pradesh, Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy condemned the incident.
"From Delhi, I contacted the honourable Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki, and the Superintendent of Police and inquired about the incident. I condemn this incident and it is an act of indiscipline, cowardice, undemocratic and beyond the ethics of the traditional cultural society of Arunachal Pradesh," said Sanjoy, who represents Itanagar in Parliament.
The superintendent of police of Itanagar, Hibu Tamang, said he was personally looking into the matter and that the Chief Minister and the Director General of Police are meeting regularly to look into the progress of investigations.
"I am myself supervising this investigation and we are doing daily reviews. Even yesterday we had a high-level meeting with the chief minister and the Director General of police and the DIG (western range). It was decided in the meeting that a report should be provided at an hourly basis," said Tamang.
Rina, a journalist was shot at from close range outside her office at about 6.15 on Tuesday evening. Reportedly Rina has sustained injuries in her backbone and intestines.
This is not the first time that the intrepid journalist has been attacked in Arunachal Pradesh. Besides being physically manhandled by goons and crooks in the past, Rina has lately been receiving threats from unknown persons. The shooting occurred three months after 10 unidentified goons vandalized the daily's office on April 15 last. (ANI)