Mob torches government offices in remote Arunachal village over poll-related issue

The torching incident took place at Vijaynagar in Changlang district to protest against filing of nomination papers by former Assam Rifles personnel who were living there for decades, an official said.
Mob torches government offices in remote Arunachal village over poll-related issue
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Itanagar: A mob led by members of a student body on December 11 set ablaze several government offices and ransacked a police station in a remote village of Arunachal Pradesh.

The incident took place at Vijaynagar in Changlang district to protest against filing of nomination papers by former Assam Rifles personnel who were living there for decades, an official said.

Around 400 people led by the Yobin Students Union set fire to the offices of the Extra Assistant Commissioner, Special Branch of the state police and the post office besides ransacking the local police station, the official added.

“They came from nearby Gandhigram area. Armed with daos (a sharp weapon), sticks, bows and arrows, they set on fire the public properties demanding immediate fulfilment of their demands,” PRO of Arunachal police, Rohit Rajbir Singh said.

However, there was no report of casualties.

Several student bodies of Arunachal Pradesh opposed the participation of the former Assam Rifles personnel in the December 22 panchayat polls, which prompted the State Election Commission to defer the poll in Vijaynagar, with an apprehension of breakdown of law and order in the area.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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