PRC issue: Protesters burnt Arunachal’s Dy CM’s house, curfew imposed

Protest against PRC issue turned violent in Itanagar, Protestors burnt down the private bungalow of Dy CM Chowna Mein.


Itanagar

Protesters in  Itanagar, the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh have burnt down the private bungalow of Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein. Chowna Mein was moved out from Itanagar and shifted to his native place Namsai early Sunday morning.

Protesters also torched and vandalised residences of the district commissioner, Itanagar police station and other govt offices.

After torching the Deputy CM Chowna Mein’s residence, the protesters moved towards the CM Pema Khandu’s premises where a protestor was shot at by the security forces. His condition is yet to be confirmed.

The security forces resorted to blank firing as the protesters defied curfew and marched towards Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s residence in Itanagar.

It must be mention here that people have been protesting against the recommendations of a panel appointed by the state government regarding issuing permanent residence certificate (PRC) to some communities who have been living in Namsai and Changlang district of east Arunachal Pradesh.

18 organisation had called 48 hrs Itanagar bandh from Thursday.  On Friday evening the situation went out of control  when protesters turned violent  and started burning vehicles and ransacked several  offices .  A person was killed in police firing, when Police opened fire to control the mob on Friday evening.

Meanwhile, taking note of the protests in the state, the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has announced that his government is not issuing PRC.

Today morning  the chief secretary,  Satyagopal  in a statement said,  “Considering the present situation in respect of the matter pertaining to grant PRC to non-APST residents of Namsai and Changlang districts, the state government has decided that no further action shall be taken in respect of grant of PRC.”

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