Apang demands CBI probe into ULFA-Minister nexus

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Itanagar, Sep 29 (UNI) Demanding the resignation of three ministers for their alleged nexus with ULFA and a CBI probe to keep the image of the ruling Congress clean, former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang said the law is uniform for everyone.

Talking to mediapersons here last evening, the MLA clarified that no inner line permit (ILP) was issued by him personally but by some designated officer authorised for the job.

Incidentally, last year a fake ILP was issued to Ranu Das, wife of an ULFA cadre, and Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had said it was done during Mr Apang's tenure.

Mrs Das was arrested here on September 18. She was in possession of an ILP issued in September last year with one year validity.

Apang was clarifying on the allegation of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu that the ILP was issued during his tenure.

''Right from its inception Arunachal Pradesh was known as an island of peace in the trouble-torn North-east under my tenure. Now all of a sudden the Chief Minister is trying to put the crying baby on my lap,'' he remarked.

Believing that handing over the case to CBI would be in the party's interest, he said blaming an innocent person like him made him cautious to place the demand.

Once the 'tainted ministers' come clean after the CBI investigation, they could be reinstated, he said and hoped that the state police would co-operate with its Assam counterpart, and the army engaged in counterinsurgency operations in Assam, if asked for, to find out the truth.

UNI

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