A building set on fire by protesters in Itanagar. (Photo: PTI)
A building set on fire by protesters in Itanagar. (Photo: PTI)

After four days of violence, calm restored in Arunachal Pradesh

  • Itanagar and surrounding areas have witnessed violence since 21 February against a JHPC recommendation
  • There was no report of violence on Monday, but shops and market establishments in Itanagar and Naharlagun were closed

NEW DELHI: The dust has begun to settle in Arunachal Pradesh with the state witnessing calm on Monday, after four days of violence, the state police confirmed. Internet services, however, remained suspended in capital Itanagar and Naharlagun where a curfew is in force.

Itanagar and surrounding areas have witnessed violence since 21 February against a joint high power committee’s (JHPC) recommendation to grant permanent resident certificates (PRCs) to the Adivasi, Deori, Gorkha, Mishing, Moran, and Sonowal Kachari communities.

These communities, which are not natives of the state but have been living in Namsai and Changlang districts, have been demanding a permanent residence status. They had been issued PRCs in 1992-93, but these were subsequently revoked.

However, on Sunday, Arunachal Pradesh chief secretary Satya Gopal said, “Considering the present situation pertaining to grant of PRCs to non-APST (Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribes) of Namsai and Changlang districts, the state government has decided that no further action will be taken in grant of PRCs."

There was no report of violence from the state on Monday, but shops and market establishments in Itanagar and Naharlagun were closed, police said. Central paramilitary forces sent to help the state administration maintain law and order have reached Itanagar.

Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said the state government has decided to not accept the recommendations of a high-level committee to grant PRCs to the six communities, and blamed the Congress for “instigating" a section of the people.

PTI contributed to this story.

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