Expressing concern over violence, which broke out all of a sudden in Arunachal Pradesh for granting permanent residence to six APSTs (non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribes) communities, Home Minister Kumar Waii denied reports that three died in police firing during the protests.

Mr. Waii said that he was not aware of the deployment of additional companies of CRPF and ITBP in the state capital, fuelling supposition of space within the Pema Khandu-led government.

He continued that “I am deeply shocked to learn about the death of three youths, but none of them was killed in police firing. I had directed DGP SBK Singh and SP (Itanagar) M Harsh Vardhan to arrest trouble mongers.”

On Saturday, protests had broken out in Naharlagun, and Itanagar after the state-ruling BJP government announced that it considered issuing of Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) to six non-Arunachalee communities, forced the administration to clamp curfew and restricted internet services.

The agitation continued for three days despite of curfew in the state, subsided after Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu announced that his government would not course the issue anymore.

An official reports that the curfew was released Tuesday morning but internet services remained suspended.

Mr. Waii urges people to cooperate with state police to ensure security and safety. He continued that it was impossible to pin blame on any particular community or group for the outrageous protests.

When enquired about CM Khandu’s decision to form a peace committee, Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister said that he would follow the instruction as an when asked. Mr. Waii continued that he had sent messages to the CM, requested him to call a Cabinet meeting adding that he wasn’t informed officially about the meet.

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