Arunachal Government Orders Judicial Probe Into Violence Over PRC

A file photo of Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu
A file photo of Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu

Itanagar, March 6, 2019

The Arunachal Pradesh government on March 6th, 2019 has announced a judicial probe into the large scale rioting, violence and vandalism during the recent protest over the government’s attempt to grant scheduled tribes status to six Non-Arunachal Pradesh ST communities living in Namsai and Changlang districts.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu said, “Justice will be delivered to the bereaved families and the people responsible for unleashing the violence would be brought to book.” A committee headed by a retired judge has been set up to investigate the case. The protests against the PRC had turned into violence following the death of a protester in police firing in Itanagar late February 2019.

While clarifying that the state government had no intention to move a bill in the Assembly over the PRC, Khandu said the matter was to be taken up for deliberations during a short-duration discussion in the House and to make the recommendations of the Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) on the PRC public.