ITANAGAR, July 25 � The Itanagar police claimed to have achieved a major breakthrough into the July 15 attack case on Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times, as well as the April 15 vandalism in the office of the said daily, with the arrest of 10 persons in this connection.
Capital Complex Superintendent of Police Hibu Tamang told newsmen this noon that all the 10 suspects were nabbed from different parts of the State capital on Tuesday night.
The SP further informed that during their sustained interrogation, the accused have admitted their involvement in both the attack cases. He, however, did not reveal the names of the arrested persons, saying that few more were to be arrested.
�At the moment, I don�t want to disclose their names. We have to collect more evidence to make the case a strong one so that no one could go scot free, and award them stringent punishment which would definitely act as a deterrent to such crimes in future,� Tamang said.
He also informed that the motive of the accused was to create fear psychosis among the people in the State capital. �I feel there was less chance of personal vendetta behind the attacks on the lady journalist and the media house, but to create panic in the State capital,� he said.
Tamang added the moment all the absconding accused are arrested the names of all the accused will be divulged and their photographs released.
The State Director General of Police had earlier announced a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for informer(s) giving specific information or clue leading to arrest of the unidentified gunman who fired upon and injured Tongam Rina while the lady journalist was entering her office in Itanagar on July 15 last.