ATSU serves 7-day ultimatum to State govt address grievances of Mra & Dao’s families

ITANAGAR, Nov 05: The All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU) on Saturday served a 7-day ultimatum to the State government to address the demands of the family members of missing Everester Tapi Mra and his associate Niku Dao. 

Talking to media persons at the Arunachal Press Club (APC), ATSU president Tadak Pakba said “non-responsive attitude” on the part of the State government and the department concerned has compelled them to serve the ultimatum.

Keeping silence by the State government on the grievances and demands placed by the family members of Mra and Dao would further lead the union to intensify its democratic movement, he added. 

Hinting that the family members of the mountaineers are likely to go for hunger strike in pursuance of their sit-in protest here, the ATSU demanded a written assurance from the State government to resolve the issue within the stipulated period of time. 

Expressing resentment over the “lackadaisical attitude” of the concerned department, the ATSU questioned why the respective department’s authority has not visited the family members and updated the issue and search operation?

“In fact, the department did not turn up to see the belongings of Mra and Dao which were recovered from the expedition’s site,” ATSU lamented. 

Demanding continuance of the search & rescue operation, giving re-appointment with the Chief Minister, setting up of a high-level inquiry into the whole missing episode immediately, action against the East Kameng DC and a detailed report and status of both Mra and Niku from the Department of Sports and Youths Affairs, the family members have been continuing a sit-in dharna at the Tennis Court in IG Park for the last 6 days. 

Earlier, the Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) appealed to the State government to initiate a dialogue with the Chinese counterparts. The TCS doubted that Mra and Dao might be abducted.

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