Guwahati, February 24, 2019
Protesters in Arunachal Pradesh have burnt down the bungalow of Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein in Itanagar. Chowna Mein was moved out from Itanagar and shifted to Namsai district early morning on February 24th, 2019.
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.
All markets, petrol pumps and shops were closed and most of the ATMs in Itanagar were out of cash.
It may be mentioned that violence broke out in Itanagar following the Arunachal Pradesh government’s move to provide permanent resident certificates (PRC) to six non-tribal communities living in the Frontier State for decades. The communities are Adivasi, Deori, Kachari, Mishing, Moran and Sonowal.
A person from Kimin in Papum Pare district was killed in police firing on the night of February 22nd, 2019 when a group of protesters were trying to enter the Civil Secretariat in Itanagar protesting against government’s move to grant PRC to people from other states. As per the latest reports, three persons died till now in the protest. Two youths were shot dead while they were trying to climb the wall of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu’s residence, as per reports.
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.