Violence mars Arunachal bandh called by AAPSU in protest against Chakma Hajong Citizenship issue
By Manoj Singh
Violence marred the dawn-to-dusk state wide bandh as normal life came to a halt in Arunachal Pradesh following the bandh called by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) in protest against the Union Home Ministry’s recent decision to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees of northeast.
Life came to a grinding halt in Itanagar, the capital city. Large number of bandh supporters came out on the street and damaged several vehicle including police bus and ambulance. Supporters also set a blaze a state transport bus , private vehicles and motor cycle during bandh hours. Reports of violence were also pouring in from Namsai, Changlang and several other districts.
According to reports, the bandh was total in other parts of the State. All government offices, educational institutions, markets, commercial establishments remained closed while public and private transport remained off the road. Though a few state transport buses were seen plying during the morning hours, but the services were suspended later, police said.