Arunachal Pradesh: State Govt hands over Toko Yame death case to CBI

Arunachal Pradesh: State Govt hands over Toko Yame death case to CBI

ITANAGAR, June 30, 2018: Government of Arunachal Pradesh has decided to hand over  the case of Toko Yame's death in Tawang district last year to the CBI.

Yoko, a class XII student of Government Higher Secondary School, Tawang, had gone missing after a scuffle between students of his school and those of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) at Tawang on September 16 last year.

His semi-decomposed body was found a week later at Biga waterfall near JNV in the district on September 23.

A case was registered at Tawang police station under Section 363/302 of the IPC on September 16, 2017. It was transferred to the state's special investigation team (SIT) on October 13, 2017. Twenty people were arrested but were later granted bail.

Questioning the efficiency of the SIT in solving the case, thousands of students and youths, led by the All East Kameng District Students' Union, had taken out a protest rally here on Monday.

The students' union set a 15-day deadline for the government to look into their demand for a CBI probe, failing which they threatened to impose an economic blockade in Tawang district and launch a non-cooperation movement against the state government.

Several other student and political organisations, including the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) and the Arunachal PCC, have also been demanding a CBI probe into the case.

A statement from the chief minister's office on Friday said, "The state government took note that the case is serious and sensitive in nature and also that representations have been received from the public. Therefore, it decided to hand over the case to the CBI for expediting the investigation process and for ensuring that justice is delivered to the bereaved family members."

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