Itanagar: The violence that erupted in Vijayanagar in Changlang district of Arunchal Pradesh on Friday morning was due to protests against Panchayati Raj provisions being extended to non-Arunachalis in the region, government officials said.
According to a communiqué issued by the police department on Friday, the situation in Vijaynagar is tense, but under control.
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.
The police say the 400-strong agitators, chanting ‘hamari mange purey karo’, came from Gandhigram with daos (machete), lathis (sticks), bows and arrows, said the communiqué.
The Civil helipad was also partially damaged, it added.
After burning down buildings, they went back to Gandhigram. There is no report of lost of human lives, said the communiqué.
Around 30 police personnel, under SP Changlang Mihin Gambo and DSP concerned are currently present in Vijaynagar. Additional force is being rushed to Vijaynagar for maintaining law and order.
After reports of the incident, Kime Kaming, DIGP, Tirap Changlang Longding (TCL) rushed to Vijayanagar in a chopper.
Chukhu Apa ,IGP Law and Order, John Pada SP Special Branch and Mihin Gambo SP Changlang are also on the way to Vijaynagar.
Senior officers will camp there for the next few days, till situation becomes normal, officials added.