Non-Tribals Fleeing Arunachal Pradesh Amid Violence

Pema Khandu has hinted of a political conspiracy behind the violent protests in the state. Photo courtesy: TIME8
Pema Khandu has hinted of a political conspiracy behind the violent protests in the state. Photo courtesy: TIME8

Itanagar, February 25, 2019

In wake of violent protests over the issue of the permanent resident certificate (PRC) to six communities of Arunachal Pradesh, several non-tribals and non-Arunachalis are reportedly are fleeing the state.

As per media reports, several citizens from Itanagar and Naharlagun walked up to the neighbouring Banderdewa town in Assam on February 25th, 2019 as unrest continues in Arunachal Pradesh.

People in Arunachal Pradesh are protesting after the Arunachal Pradesh government announced that it was considering issuing PRC to six non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe (APSTs) and to the Gorkhas.  Amongst those communities are Deoris, Sonowal Kacharis, Morans, Adivasis and Mishings.  Most of these communities are recognised as Scheduled Tribes in neighbouring Assam.

Car set ablaze
Car set ablaze amid unrest in Arunachal Pradesh. Photo:Time8

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu reiterated on February 24th, 2019  that the PRC matter would never be taken up by the state government.  “We had earlier clearly stated that PRC issue will not be taken up. I reiterate, the PRC matter will never be taken up by the state government henceforth.  I sincerely appeal all my brothers and sisters for peace to ensure in the state capital,” Khandu said.

Shutters down

There was no report of any violence from anywhere in Arunachal Pradesh on February 25th, 2019, police said. Internet continues to remain suspended in Itanagar and Naharlagun amid the indefinite curfew. However, shops and market establishments in Itanagar and Naharlagun were closed. The central paramilitary forces sent to help the state administration in maintaining law and order have reached Itanagar.15 companies of ITBP have now been deployed in Itanagar. The Sohum shopping mall was also vandalised on February 24th, 2019.

Political conspiracy

Khandu has hinted of a political conspiracy behind the violent protests in the state.  Arunachal CM said he has formed an investigating committee to probe the incident. On the other hand, Union minister Kiren Rijiju blamed the Congress party for “instigating” a section of people that led to violent protests in the state.