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Violent Protests In Arunachal Pradesh Over PRC To Non-endemic Tribes; Arson At Deputy CM's House, Police Pelted With Stones

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Published:

Update at 6:00 PM: State BJP in Itanagar attacked by violent mob amid protest

Update at 6:05 PM: Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu calls for an urgent all-party meeting. He appeals for peace assuring that the PRC issue will not be discussed in the future. 

Amid the massive protests in Arunachal Pradesh against the state government's decision to issue permanent resident certificates (PRC) to six non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe (APSTs) communities living in Namsai and Changlang districts and to the Gorkhas living in Vijaynagar, protestors on Sunday have set ablaze Deputy chief minister Chowna Mein's private residence in Itanagar, as per reports. As the unrest continues in the city, the reports also suggest that the angry mob has made its way to the residence of Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu's private residence in Itanagar as well.

As per reports, in order to control the violent mob, the Arunachal Pradesh police resorted to firing, which resulted in several suffering injuries. Furthermore, a police station and a fire station in Itanagar have also been vandalized by the mob after violence amid the protests against the permanent resident certificates to APSTs. 

Violence broke out in the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar on Friday during a 48-hour strike against the state government's decision to grant permanent resident certificates (PRC) to non-Arunachali citizens. Most of these non-Arunachali citizens belong to Scheduled Tribes in neighbouring Assam. Amongst those communities are Deoris, Sonowal Kacharis, Morans, Adivasis and Mishings.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed concerns over the prevailing law and order situation in Itanagar. He urged the people to remain calm and maintain peace in the state.

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