I am quite shocked by the rise of juvenile crime in and around
Yesterday, on my way to Ziro around 9.45 AM (IST), I saw a truckload or rather a TATA mobile full of people carrying dao (traditional sword), followed by equally large number of people on motor bikes and cars with daos on them. I thought why was this large number of people and where are they heading to? Was there any religious festival? Wasn't carrying of dao banned at this district headquarter? Then I remembered, there was a report of murder of one 15 years old boy from Godak, whose body was found thrown at a small rivulet on the way to Hong village on the wee hours of Saturday morning. Was this large crowd got to do anything with the death of the boy, I thought?
Yes, it was. When I returned, I was told that the victim was buried at General Ground (Subansiri Stadium) by that crowd and that Cr.PC Section 144 has been imposed till further orders at the twin
Though, I fully sympathize with the victim's family and pray to God to give them strength to bear the irreparable loss they suffered and pray that the departed soul may rest in peace and believe that they might have carried this act in a fit of anger over the murder, I still wonder, shouldn't they had thought once, atleast once coolly before burial at general ground (though for me also at that time it could have appeared to be the best action) considering the impact it would have on the denizens of Ziro-Hapoli Township? Besides, shouldn't they have faith in the justice system and let the law takes its own course? Apparently, those involved in the murder was reported to be arrested.
This entire incident has totally shocked me out of my wits. I was shocked by the murder of a minor by a minor; I was shocked by the repercussion of the relatives of the victim and above all, I was shocked by the administrations way of handling of such situations. However, I should and must appreciate the denizens of this Twin-Township of Hapoli-Ziro for keeping their cool and for not letting this incident flare up communal tension. And this incident has made me question the credibility of the claim of students' body being the guardian of society (though I still detest their involvement in activities other than students' welfare); Where were they when they were needed the most (being the guardian of the society) to diffuse the tension at that time which could have flared up communal tension?