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Northeast troupes boycotts 2017 Octave Festival over alleged assaults by Goa Police

In a bizarre situation, three cultural troupes of Arunachal Pradesh led by renowned artist Delong Padung were allegedly assaulted by local Police on the first day of the ongoing Octave Festival 2017 in Goa.

The five-day long cultural event organised by West Cultural Centre, Udaipur is being held from November 8 to 12 at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.

Over 350 dance and music artistes from the Northeastern India were there to showcase the rich heritage of tribal and traditional music and cuisine of the region upon invitations from Union Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

According to Pratidin Time, the incident took place when the Arunachal Pradesh troupes were waiting on the streets outside the festival venue for their bus drop. Some members sustained injuries during the police assault.

Following the embarrassing turn of events, and even with the organisers ignoring the shocking attack. All the entire cultural troupes representing the states of Northeast region have decided to boycott the festival, reported the leading television channel of Assam.

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