Sack CM, Rijiju; impose PR in Arunachal: Cong

Sack CM, Rijiju; impose PR in Arunachal: Cong
A building set on fire after a mob went on a rampage during a protest against the move to grant PRC to six communities living in the state, in Itanagar, Sunday. (PTI)
New Delhi/ Itanagar, Feb 25 (IANS/Agencies): | Publish Date: 2/26/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Blaming the ruling BJP of trying to turn Arunchal Pradesh into “another Kashmir”, the Congress on Monday sought the dismissal of Pema Khandu-led state government for violence over the controversial permanent residence certificate (PRC) issue and demanded a judicial probe into the police firing on protestors killing three.

A Congress delegation led by party General Secretary Luizinho Faleiro submitted a memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) seeking immediate sacking of Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju for their failure to discharge their constitutional obligations. 
It also demanded a probe into the police firing on unarmed protestors that led to the killing of three persons by a high court judge or a retired Chief Justice.
Addressing the media later, Faleiro said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government through the PRC and Citizenship Amendment Bill has “let loose hell” in Arunachal and turning it into another Kashmir. “Don’t try to make Arunachal into another Jammu and Kashmir. We have got enough problems in the country and under this regime the problems are only multiplying. Be it industries and the economy or agriculture, problems are only growing under the BJP.
“Whatever the Congress has done steadfastly over the years to maintain the identity and culture of North East, this government has undone all. This government through the National Register of Citizens (NRC), through the Citizenship Amendment Bill and now the PRC has destabilised the North East. This government is destroying the North East and palying with sentiments of the people,” said Faleiro. 
“Through the PRC the present BJP government has let hell lose in Arunachal,” said Felerio, adding that the Centre must immediately sack Khandu, Rijiju and Chowna Mein for “plunging the peaceful state into anarchy”. 
“There is no government machinery whatsoever in Arunachal and the Chief minister, his deputy and Rijiju in whose constituency three innocent people were killed and many others injured in police firing have disappeared into thin air. They must be immediately sacked,” he added. 
Countering Rijiju’s allegation of the Congress instigating violence in the state, Arunachal Congress President Takom Sanjoy said a judicial inquiry into the police action is essential to find out the real culprits.
“Let there be a judicial probe to find as to who instigated the violence. If we are found to be guilty, then arrest us and put us in jail. But for that a judical probe is a must,” said Sanjoy.
In the memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Congress blamed the Khandu government’s “gross mismanagement” in handling the peaceful protest against the issue of PRC and claimed that law and order machinery in the state has “completely collapsed”.
Arunachal CM announces ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh for those killed in violence
Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu announced ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh each to the three victims killed in police firing during the mob violence in Itanagar during protests.
According to Northeast Now, massive violence erupted during protests against granting permanent resident certificate (PRC) to non-Arunachali scheduled tribes in Itanagar during the weekend. Khandu also assured government job to one of the family members of the deceased. The chief minister also announced upto Rs 10 lakh to the injured.
Khandu said that though the PRC is a closed chapter now, however, it was surprising that the protests were taking a different path.
Earlier on the day, the chief minister convened a meeting of community based organizations in which members from most of the prominent bodies like Nyishi Elite Society, Adi Bane Kebang etc took part.
A Cabinet meeting was also convened on the day during which it was decided that a commissioner level inquiry would be initiated to look into the debacle and a committee to assess the loss and damages caused to government and private properties. An all party meeting was also called, however, besides members from the BJP no other party participated.
Itanagar is more or less peaceful but sporadic protests took place at Banderdewa and Chimpu areas in the daytime. Agitators in Banderdewa reportedly also burnt one of the private residences of deputy chief minister Chowna Mein.


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