Protests over the issue of permanent resident certificate (PRC) to six communities of Arunachal Pradesh took a violent turn in the state capital on Sunday leading to Chief Minister Pema Khandu assured the people in the state that the government will not take up the Permanent Residency Certificate (PRC) matter on Monday.
“On the night of 22 February, I had clarified through media and social media that the government won’t hold further discussions over this (PRC). Today also, an order has been issued via the chief secretary that we won’t take up PRC matter,” said CM Khandu.
While reacting to the death of people in Itanagar’s violence, Khandu said that he was “deeply pained and saddened at the loss of three lives”.
“I would like to appeal to all those protesting that their demand had already been accepted by the government… PRC issue is closed. I request them not to hold protests and dharnas and cooperate,” he told ANI.
Two people died in alleged police firing to control the mobs. The protests spread despite a state government assurance that they had deferred the plan to give them PRC.
According to sources, the mob started to throw stones as protesters attempted to march towards the private residence of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu in Itanagar in the afternoon leading to an open fire by the police authorities.
On Saturday, the authorities in the state had tried to put a stop on the protests with an indefinite curfew in state capital Itanagar as well as Naharlagun, after stone-pelting injured 35 people, including 24 policemen.
On Sunday evening, the central government dispatched nearly 1,000 paramilitary personnel to maintain law and order, a report by PTI said.