ITANAGAR, May 31: The Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) on Wednesday took out peaceful rallies – one each in Itanagar and Naharlagun – to condemn the extortion attempt on a government official in his office chamber on May 22.
Holding placards and banners, the members of the confederation raised slogans demanding punishment for culprits involved and measures to stop such kind of intimidation to government employees by anti-social elements in the future.
The CoSAAP also demanded from the state government security to all the senior government officers.
“Criminals are criminals... They should be dealt with strictly,” CoSAAP president Pate Marik said, adding that those arrested should not be granted bail at any cost.
Leading the rally in Naharlagun, CoSAAP secretary general Gonya Riba appealed the government employees to stand united and fight against any kind of extortion and atrocities.
Informing the gathering that 99 per cent of extortion cases to government employees remain un-reported which indirectly encourage culprits, Riba said, “It is time to report every incident to the law enforcing agencies for timely action.”
Appreciating the capital police for apprehending the criminals in a very short time, the CoSAAP acknowledged the capital administration for imposing ban on carrying firearms within the capital complex.
Audit and Pension director Abdul Basit, in whose office the extortion bid was made, addressed the CoSAAP members at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium and thanked the police, administration and all his colleagues for their unstinted support.
“Until and unless we fight back they will continue to disturb us. So, instead of overlooking the incidents, we should resist and report to the police as and when they approach," Basit said.