Arunachal orders inquiry into Namsai violence

The Arunachal Pradesh government today ordered a magisterial probe into the violence at Namsai in Lohit district, officials said.

Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government
today ordered a magisterial probe into the violence at Namsai
in Lohit district, officials said.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu ordered the inquiry after
taking stock of the situation at Namsai earlier in the day
with Home Minister Tako Dabi and other officials.

Interacting with locals, including students`
organisations from the state and neighbouring Assam, Khandu
urged them to maintain peace in the area, official sources
said.

Khandu has also ordered for additional deployment of
forces to restore normalcy.

"I have directed the authority concerned to deploy
additional companies of paramilitary forces. The process of
airlifting forces have already started," a source said quoting
Khandu.

He said those responsible would be taken to task.
On the permanent residential certificates (PRCs)
issue, he said for the future, he would go for a consensus
from all sections of the society.

The state government had last month revoked its order
for granting PRCs to non-Arunachalese residing in Lohit and
Changlang districts after protest by various student bodies.

Violence had erupted at Namsai on Saturday after
police baton charged and opened fire in the air when locals
challenged a rally organised by non-Arunachalese in protests
against revoking of the order.

The situation turned worst yesterday when locals set
ablaze seven houses at Namsai.

-PTI

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