Help Ngurang Reena and her family in seeking justice for her father, who was murdered.

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The tyranny of distance and the disparity of identity and belongingness has perennially kept India’s North-East and its people at the brink. At one time if we are told, Hum Ek Hain (We are one), while many a time we are reminded, Aap Alag Ho (You are different). Fluctuating attitude towards this region, its people and most significantly about its issues- socio-economic-political, have left most of us with feelings of resentment towards New Delhi. It’s saddening to know that even after 70 years of India’s glorious independence, people of this region feel disconnected, unheard and unrepresented.

I am Ms.Ngurang Reena from Arunachal Pradesh, India. I am a research scholar studying in Delhi and a former Assistant Professor, Delhi University. And today, I am writing to you as a disheartened citizen and as a grieving daughter who has just lost her father. I write on behalf of the nine daughters and sons that have been left behind tormented over our father’s death. I have lost confidence in all the institutions on which I can rely for justice. Hence, I have quit my job, to fight for him. I don't know what else can I do!

I lost my father Ngurang Pinch on 18th November 2017.  We buried him in pain not knowing who and what killed him. But we are convinced today that he was murdered, given the detaiils of the events and above all, the fulctuating statements provided to us by the twenty members that were with him on the day. 

It has been more than a year now since he was murdered and my family has been doing everything possible on our ends to seek justice; from FIR to media to online petitions to dharnas, to meeting the CBI officials but all in vain. While we still cry and beg the country for justice, his friends continue to live a normal life and still claim that they don't know anything about my father's death!

Today, I feel like the country doesn't care about the North-East region, about its people and our struggles. I have the urge to give up, every day. I am exasperated.  Many news channel and journalists' shut the door on me saying, it is a trivial "North East story!", I cried in pain.

Note:  In the past three years, the state has seen 161 Murders, 26 in Itanagar itself.  While very few of them get reported, let alone solved because it is happening in a distant land-somewhere in the North-East part of India. New Delhi does not care!

 With utmost faith,

Ngurang Reena and her family.