Arunachal trouble: CM says PRC a 'closed issue'
Itanagar: Army patrolled the streets of Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar on Monday as people spilled out into the streets defying curfew despite Chief Minister Pema Khandu's assurance that grant of permanant residence to six non-native communities in the state was a "closed issue", officials said.
Curfew that was clamped in Itanagar and adjoining Naharlagun town on Saturday was in force but it did not deter protesters from venturing into the troubled streets that were scene of pitched battles with security forces over the last three days that left three people dead, including two in police firing on Sunday. Internet services were also off since Saturday.
No major incident of violence has been reported from anywhere since morning as Arunachal Scouts, an infantry regiment of the Army trained in mountain warfare, marched through the streets of the two towns to instill confidence among people and ward off possible violence, officials said.
"Never again will we take up the issue of PRC. The issue is closed," Khandu told national TV, as he attempted to smooth ruffled feathers of various community groups up in arms against his government over the proposed grant of Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC) to six communities that are not natives of Arunachal Pradesh but are living there for decades. The six communities are Deoris, Sonowal Kacharis, Morans, Gorkhas, Adivasis and Mishings. The BJP government of the state had decided to implement the recommendation of a Joint High Power Committee for granting PRC to these communities living in Namsai and Changlang districts for decades.