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Arunachal RTI forum asks Sonia to take action against Atum Welly
Published on 21 Jun. 2011 10:08 PM IST
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Arunachal Pradesh RTI activists have written a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi demanding her to take action against State Health and Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly, charging him with practicing nepotism by illegally appointing his relatives in connivance with a high-ranking officer of the state.
According to ANI, the Sango Lamte Foundation (SLF) had lodged an FIR at the Itanagar Police Station on March 4, 2011, against Atum Welly and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Information Commissioner Y. D. Thongchi (Then Secretary/Commissioner Art and Cultural Department) for their alleged role in backdoor and fraudulent appointment of Anung Welly (daughter of Atum Welly) for the post of Socio Cultural Organiser (SCO) under Art and Cultural Department, and Akung Welly (son of Atum Welly) for the post of Inspector (Tax and Excise) in the Department of Tax and Excise respectively.
The foundation had also moved a writ petition at the Guwahati High Court Itanagar Branch after the Itanagar police failed to register FIR against the accused. The Arunachal Citizens Rights (ACR) had earlier reacted strongly over the alleged report of the involvement of Atum Welly in the reported criminal conspiracy hatched against Payi Gyadi, the Chairman of the Sango Lamte Foundation and an RTI activist.
A pistol and explosives was planted in Gyadi’s car to wrongly frame him as he had exposed the alleged nexus between the minister and government officials indulging in nepotism. Arunachal Pradesh Police, however, made a breakthrough in the June 6 frame-up case involving the discovery of a pistol and two bomb-like objects from Gyadi’s car with the arrest of three persons.
The police later gave Gyadi a clean cheat in the case. Itanagar Superintendent of Police Chukhu Apa earlier said: “Kariling Gyadi, a former member of Liberation Tiger of Arunachal, Sanjeev Tana and Rupam Wary were arrested and have confessed their involvement in the crime.”
The trio was produced before the magistrate at Naharlagun, who remanded them to 14-day police custody. The Superintendent of Police further said the nine-mm factory-made pistol bore no name of the maker and could have been smuggled from South East Asia through Myanmar, while the bomb-like objects wrapped in newspapers could have been booby-traps as they felt like grenade.
Gyadi had recently unearthed through RTI the illegal appointments in the Arunachal Government on the basis of favouritism and recommendations by some politicians of the state in connivance with a high-ranking officer of the state through fake certificates. Later these appointments had to be cancelled, when Gyadi exposed the issue of forged certificates.

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