3 killed, several injured in police firing
Guwahati, February 25, 2019
As rage continues, Arunachal Pradesh Cheif Minister Pema Khandu reiterated that the permanent resident certificates (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.
It may be mentioned that violence broke out in Itanagar following the Arunachal Pradesh government’s move to provide PRC to six non-tribal communities living in the Frontier State for decades. The communities are Adivasi, Deori, Kachari, Mishing, Moran and Sonowal.
“The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has decided to constitute a Commissioner level inquiry to look into the all matter of loss of life of Late Shri Risso Tari and large damage of properties and vehicles etc. The Government has also decided to construct a memorial in the memory of Late Shri Risso Tari.”, said Pema Khandu.
Khandu has called for an all-party meeting on February 25th, 2019. The chief minister said that he is ready to discuss the matter with all the stakeholders.
Three persons were killed and three injured in police firing as protests over recommendations of granting PRCs to six communities escalated on February 24th, 2019 in Arunachal Pradesh. One of the deceased youth identified as Risso Tari from Kimin in Papum Pare district died in police firing on February 22nd, 2019. While the two others were shot dead on February 24th, 2019 while they were scaling the wall of Chief Minister Pema Khandu residence to destroy it, as per latest reports.
It is being speculated that President’s Rule would now be implemented in the state to control the situation.
Police opened fire on February 24th, 2019 when protesters tried to attack the private residence of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu at ESS sector. Reports have been rife that Khandu may now tender resignation in order to bring the region to peace.
House, mall burnt
The protesters in Arunachal Pradesh have burnt down the bungalow of Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein in Itanagar on February 24th, 2019. Chowna Mein was moved out from Itanagar and shifted to Namsai district. The private residence of the Deputy Chief Minister in the VIP area was set on fire and the protesters smashed the vehicles parked on the way.
The protesters also torched and vandalised residences of the district commissioner. A superintendent of police-rank officer has also been injured. A shopping complex owned by Environment and Forest Minister Nabam Rebia was also burnt down. Shopping malls were also ransacked and looted as thousands barged into the buildings.
A large number of people marched through the streets of the state vandalising public property and vehicles. They also set on fire a large number of vehicles parked in the compound of the DC’s office and attacked the Itanagar Police station.
The Army has been called in and is carrying out flag marches in Itanagar. Meanwhile, as precautionary measures, authorities have suspended internet services in Itanagar and imposed a curfew.
As per reports, the protesters burnt down nearly 50 vehicles and damaged over 100 others on February 22nd, 2019. The car of former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was among vehicles damaged. Around 35 people, including 25 cops, were injured during the stone-pelting.
Artistes, including singers, film personalities, musicians and composers, took out a rally under the banner of All Assam Artistes Suraksha Mancha in Guwahati in Assam on February 24th, 2019 condemning the Arunachal Pradesh mob attack that damaged their property in the venue of the first Itanagar International Film Festival (IIFF). The site of the film festival suffered maximum damage. The mob burnt down the convention halls, temporary theatres, stages, food courts, audio and video equipment and five inflatable screens.
The artistes demanded the Arunachal Pradesh government to compensate for the damage caused to their musical instruments, sound system and other equipment.