ITANAGAR, Jun 24: District Police Complaint Authority (DPCA) of Western Zone of Arunachal Pradesh chairperson Tumken Bagra passed away on June 22 last.

He also served as Additional District & Session Judge (FTC).

Born to late Kartum and Dagyir Ete Bagra of Lipu Bagra village in West Siang district, Tumken did his schooling from Ramakrishna Mission School, Aalo.

He graduated with honors in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat, in 1982, and pursued Law at Panjab University, Chandigarh, completing his LLB in 1985. He was admitted to the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, and Tripura in 1985, and began his career as an advocate in the same year.

His dedication to the legal profession saw him becoming one of the senior-most and first batch of local advocates of Arunachal Pradesh, contributing significantly to the legal services for more than 12 years.

He served as presiding judge of the Fast Track Court from June 4, 2002, and his judicial services spanned across various capacities including as Additional District & Session Judge until 2013. He also served as ex-officio special judge under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, for nearly eight years.

Bagra’s impact extended beyond his judicial duties. His tenure saw the appointment of younger generations into various judicial capacities, including District Judges, CJMs, and JMFCs, some of whom have ascended to the High Court. His contributions to the legal profession and judicial services will be long remembered.

Recently, he was appointed as the Chairperson of the District Police Complaint Authority of the Western Zone of Arunachal Pradesh. However, before he could assume his new duties, he passed away.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren. His loss is deeply felt by his family, relatives, the Galo community, and the state.