Mayhem Across Arunachal Pradesh Over PRC Issue; Security Beefed Up

Two different scenes of violence in Arunachal Pradesh
Two different scenes of violence in Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: TIME8

Itanagar, February 24, 2019

Protests over the Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC) row gained momentum in Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh with the protesters going on a rampage on February 24th, 2019. An angry mob set ablaze the deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein’s residence and vandalized police stations and fire station. Protesters also set many private and public vehicles on fire in the capital city of the Northeastern most state. The protesters though tried to move towards the Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s residence, security forces foiled their bid.

The violence broke out during a strike called by 18 different organisations opposing the state government’s decision to grant PRC to non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribes of Namsai and Chanaglang districts in the state. The protest got violent following the death of a person in police firing during the protest on the night of February 22nd, 2019.

Keeping in view the prevailing situation across the state, security has been beefed up in and around the important buildings and residences of political including the CM Khandu. Indian Army personnel have also been deployed in the state to maintain law and order in the state.

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace.