Arunachal: Normalcy returning in twin capital city

More than 80 vehicle were torched either by the protesters and more than two hundreds of vehicle were damaged.



Normalcy in the twin capital city of Arunachal Pradesh seems to be returning as the people in large numbers come out of their resident to have their urgent works after large scale violence which erupted on the Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) issue.

The 48 hours bandh which was given on Feb 21 against PRC issue passed off peacefully with few stray incidents of violence of stone pelting, destruction of public property which followed by lathi charge by security forces, tear gas firing and bullet firing which led to one dead and one critically injured in first phase of the violence.

The violence spreaded in whole capital complex and thousand of indigenous people alongwith local resident come on the street and protested and many of them involved in the violence activities while some to them involved in rampage all along the city. Three  lives have been lost in the bullet firing by the security forces . Around Six youths also received bullet injury of which two are admitted  in Hema Hospital, two in  RK Mission while two of them have been referred to Guwahati for further medical treatment.

More than 80 vehicle were torched either by the protesters and more than two hundreds of vehicle were damaged.

Several buildings, shopping malls and shopping complex were completely damaged and set on fire by protesters. Properties worth of cores have been either destroyed or gutted in fire by protesters.

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As per IGP Sunil Garg 29 protesters were arrested during the 48 hours bandh call while several other were also arrested during the violence incident. As per source around 15 cases were registered in the Itanagar police station alone incident related to the violence, destruction of public property and other.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Feb 22 night announced through social media that his govt dropped the PRC issue from the agenda of the assembly proceeding.  No proceeding was held on Feb 23 as not a single MLA reached to attend the last day of assembly session as reported by the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker T N Thongdok. Thongdok also inform that the PRC issue was just mentioned for a discussion but not in a bill form even the state government have dropped the discussion form the agenda.

However the violence continue and the state government dropped the issue of granting the PRC to the Non APST of Namsai and Changlang but was not properly informed to the protesters which led to large scale violence and of destruction of public and government property in the twin city of state capital, the violence also spreaded to nearby towns like Nirjuli, Banderdewa, Doimukh and Kimin which were contained by the quick reaction of local leaders, security forces and administration. However the violence was continue and the state government have to call for military and even curfew was imposed till Feb 26 morning as per sources.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu while addressing the media on Feb 25 evening said due to misunderstanding and misinformation the PRC issue was raised and the violence was erupted.  Some forces is behind the whole incident. To bring the truth before the public a commissioner level enquiry is being ordered who will enquire all the aspect of which lead to large scale violence and lost of public and government property and precious three lives.

He announced an ex-gratia of 20 lakhs to the next of kin of the killed and maximum of Rupees ten lakhs for treatment to the injured person.

For lost to the vehicle and private and public property a loss assessment committee will be formed who shall look for compensation to the vehicle, building and property owners. Khandu said.

He however said several round of meeting with several community based organisation, community students organisation, political party and students leaders for bringing normalcy in the capital complex and appeal one and all to carry out the normal works as state government is determined for the welfare of the people of state.

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On the demand of resignation and imposition of PR in state by the opposite party Khandu rejected the demand and said that normalcy is coming and the opposition party will naturally demand for PR and resignation of CM and said that this is election time and any political party will demand such things .

A senior police officer inform that no violence incident have been reported form any corner of the capital complex today.

However today afternoon few shops including the petrol pump were opened under tight security and vehicle were seen plying on national highway but maximum were the people who were in festivity mode and other who have some urgent works.


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