Violence marks 48-hour bandh in Itanagar
Offices of AAPSU, ANSU, CRPF bus set ablaze
Itanagar: The second day of the 48-hour Itanagar bandh called by several organizations seeking changes in the proposals made by a government-appointed panel on the issue of granting permanent residence certificate (PRC) to non-Arunachalees turned violent on Friday with reports of arson and stone pelting pouring in from various parts of the State capital.
Protesters set ablaze six vehicles including a bus of CRPF and also set on fire the offices of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) and All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) here, police said. The AAPSU and ANSU have supported the recommendation of the Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) constituted by the State Government on May 1, 2018 to study the issue and recommend to the State Government.
The protesters also resorted to stone pelting and even pelted stones at the vehicle of former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, SP M Harsh Vardhan said adding police lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the protesters.
Bandh enforcers also blocked the NH-415 at several locations by burning tyres despite heavy security coverage.
Massive security forces have been deployed at the Civil Secretariat here as the protesters are trying to damage the complex by pelting stones from the NH-415 venting their anger on the government.
Police detained 28 bandh protesters during the day.
The Joint High Power Committee, after holding parleys with the stakeholders, has recommended granting PRC to six communities, who are not natives of Arunachal Pradesh but has been living in Namsai and Changlang districts for decades.
The proposal has evoked resentment among several community-based groups and students’ organizations, who claimed that the rights and the interests of indigenous people will be compromised if the State Government accepts it.
The recommendation of the JHPC is likely to be tabled in the ongoing session of the Atate Assembly on Saturday.
The bandh was also total on the second day as all business establishments and financial institutions remained closed while public and private vehicles remained off the road. Attendance in government offices was also thin during the bandh period.
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