Itanagar: Defying curfew, agitators allegedly set ablaze the private residence of Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein and ransacked the office of the deputy commissioner here on Sunday to protest against recommendations to grant permanent resident certificates to six communities, police said.
A large number of people marched through streets here damaging public property and vehicles after a person who was injured in police firing on Friday succumbed to injuries at a hospital, police said.
The protesters set ablaze the private residence of the deputy chief minister at Niti Vihar here and ransacked the office of the deputy commissioner of Itanagar. They also set on fire a large number of vehicles parked in the compound of the DC's office.
The protesters also attacked the Itanagar Police station and several public properties in the state capital, police said.
Permanent residence certificate row: Police station and a fire station in Itanagar vandalized after violence broke out during a strike called by 18 student&civil society orgs. Protesters allege a youth was also killed in police firing. #ArunachalPradesh pic.twitter.com/XSyf282Y3d— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2019
The agitators also blocked the road leading to the Naharlagun railway station as a result many passengers, including patients, were held up at the station since Sunday morning.
An indefinite curfew was clamped in Itanagar and Naharlagun on Saturday as protesters resorted to stone pelting in which 35 people, including 24 police personnel, were injured.
The Army had also conducted flag marches in Itanagar and Naharlagun on Saturday, where internet services remain suspended.
All markets, petrol pumps and shops were closed and most of the ATMs in the state capital were out of cash, police said.
Over 60 vehicles, including many police vehicles, were set ablaze and over 150 vehicles were damaged by the protesters since Friday, they said.
On Saturday, the agitators damaged the stage of the Itanagar International Film Festival at the Indira Gandhi Park here. The organisers later called off the film festival.
The Joint High Power Committee (JHPC), after holding parleys with the stakeholders, recommended granting permanent resident certificates (PRCs)
to six communities, who are not natives of Arunachal Pradesh but has been living in Namsai and Changlang districts for decades.
Permanent residence certificate row: 6 companies of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been deployed in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh to restore law and order situation. Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has also been imposed pic.twitter.com/dNMCTeJOGF— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2019
(Based on a PTI story)