Itanagar: The dawn-to-dusk Itanagar bandh called by All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA), passed off peacefully on Friday amidst tight security measures, police said.
The bandh was total as all business establishments, markets, banks and educational institutions remained closed while, attendance in government office was very thin.
All form of vehicular traffic remained off the road while, a few State transport buses were seen plying in the road with escort.
The bandh enforcers also damaged a few vehicles and motorcycles of those who ventured into the street during the bandh period, Itanagar SDPO Kamdam Sikhom said. The bandh largely remained peaceful as no untoward incidents were reported from any parts of the State capital, Sikhom informed adding, the bandh callers were very cooperative with the police and magistrates on duty.
Capital SP in-charge JK Lego informed that all necessary arrangements were made to maintain peace and tranquillity in the state capital during the bandh period.
Elaborate security arrangements were made in the entire State capital which was divided into four zones, the SP added.
The State Government had earlier declared the ANYA bandh as “illegal”. Addressing a press conference here on Monday last, Home Minister Bamang Felix informed that representatives of ANYA had declined his invitation for a meeting to resolve the matter.
Clarifying point to point on the demands of ANYA, Felix had informed in the press conference that the state government had already resolved many demands of the association.
ANYA general secretary, Bengia Tada said that the bandh was not to harass the public but to press for their demands and for the greater interest of the people of the State.
“We have put forward a series of genuine grievances in front of the state government but none has been taken up seriously. This has in turn left us with no choice but to go ahead with the bandh call”, Tada added.
Among others, the demands of ANYA include scrapping of the Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB) and implementation of the district-wise quota in the board; scraping of the Government e marketplace (GeM) procurement system; early resolution of boundary dispute between Assam and Arunachal in Dollungmukh area under Kamle district and immediate construction of the Trans-Arunachal Highway stretches between Potin-Bopi and Joram to Koloriang, as per detailed project report.