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Dy CM's house torched as protests continue in Arunachal Pradesh for 3rd day

Tension in the state escalated after one protester was killed in police firing in state capital Itanagar Friday night

Sunday February 24, 2019 3:50 PM, ummid.com News Network

Itanagar Protest Today

Itanagar: Protesters Sunday torched the bungalow of Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and also burnt and vandalised residence of district commissioner as anger and unrest against the BJP government in Arunachal Pradesh continued for the 3rd day.

People in Arunachal Pradesh have been protesting after the state government announced that it was considering issuing Permanent Resident Certificates (PRCs) to six communities living in Namsai and Changlang districts.

The six communities are Deoris, Sonowal Kacharis, Morans, Adivasis, Mishings and Gorkhas. Most of these communities are recognised as Scheduled Tribes in neighbouring Assam.

Tension in the state escalated after one protester was killed in police firing in state capital Itanagar Friday night.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had on Saturday appealed to the people of Arunachal Pradesh to remain calm and maintain peace, but to no avail.

Several organisations in the state had called for a 48-hour bandh on Thursday and Friday seeking changes in the proposals made by the government-appointed panel for granting PRC to non-Arunachalees.

Following the bandh call, protesters set afire 50 vehicles and damaged over 100 vehicles on Friday evening. They also resorted to stone pelting in which 35 people, including 24 policemen, were injured, police said.

Angry protesters had also torched the venue of the International Film Festival and the offices of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) and All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) in Itanagar, 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.

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