Changlang violence: 24 arrested, security beefed up
Guwahati: At least 24 people have been arrested and four firearms have been seized following the violence in Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday morning.
All the arrested persons are from a neighbouring village of Vijaynagar.
Four FIRs have been registered against specific individuals based on local information and video evidence, said sources.
Section 144 CrPc has been imposed in Vijaynagar circle and security arrangements have also been beefed up.
Reinforcements in form of Police personnel have been deployed at Vijaynagar headed by IGP (law & order) and SP Changlang. Additional CRPF platoons are also being sent.
Further, two Magistrates on special duty have also been stationed at Vijayanagar to deal with any situation.
We seek cooperation from public leaders to resolve this situation in peaceful manner and as per provisions of law, said an official.
According to sources, the violence that was unleashed on Friday was premeditated.
People who have been arrested were allegedly part of the mob and have been identified from the testimonies of the witnesses and electronic evidence, officials said.
Following the violence, the Gorkha community living in the region are living in fear. "People are scared. They have not seen anything like this before," said a local teacher, who wished to remain anonymous.
Dal Bahadur Pun (32), a former Anchal Samiti member from Pahaparbari Village near Vijay Nagar headquarters said, "They burnt down everything including the post office where ex-servicemen would go to for their pension."
Pun belongs to a family of ex-servicemen who were settled here in 1960s.
"It’s been so many years since our forefathers were settled here. We have no other place to go to. This is our home," Pun said.
"Without political rights there is no future for our children," he said, reacting to the demands by Yobin groups. "It’s a do or die situation for us," he added.
What happened on Friday?
At about 8.30 am 400 students, youth and public, led by the Yobin Students Union, set fire to the Extra Assistant Commissioner office, post office, SB office and ransacked the Vijayanagar Police Station.
The people were angry at Panchayati Raj provisions being extended to 'ex-Assam Rifles personnel' and other outsiders. Their demands also included the removal of 'outsiders' from Vijaynagar as quickly as possible.