Arunachal Pradesh: Two killed in police firings

The protests over the permanent resident certificate (PRC) issue to six communities of Arunachal Pradesh has turned violent in Itanagar on Sunday, with two people being killed 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.

The Police have opened fire when protesters tried to march to the private residence of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu in Itanagar in the afternoon and started pelting stones.

On Saturday, the authorities had clamped indefinite curfew in Itanagar and Naharlagun, after stone-pelting by protesters led to injuries to 35 people, including 24 police personnel. The Army conducted flag marches in Itanagar and Naharlagun on Saturday as well as Sunday. A PTI report said late Sunday evening that the Central government had dispatched 1,000 paramilitary personnel to help maintain law and order.

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