Rahul Gandhi

Guwahati, February 26, 2019

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on February 26th, 2019 met the injured Arunachal Pradesh protesters at the city’s Appollo Hospitals, located at the GS Road, Christian Basti. A total of three protesters are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Rahul will kick off his party’s campaign for the forthcoming general elections in Assam’s Guwahati on February 26th, 2019.

People in Arunachal Pradesh resorted to violent protests after the Arunachal Pradesh government announced that it was considering issuing permanent resident certificate (PRC) to six non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe (APSTs) and to the Gorkhas. The protesters claimed that the rights and interests of indigenous people will be compromised if the proposal is implemented.

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

Rahul Gandhi interacting with injured persons at the Apollo Hospitals. Photo: TIME8

It may be mentioned, 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.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that the government would not grant PRC to non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribes people.

~Time8

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