ITANAGAR, Dec 12 - Arunachal Pradesh DGP RP Upadhyaya today said that three separate cases have been registered at the Vijaynagar Police Station under relevant sections of the IPC in connection with Friday�s arson at the remote circle in Changlang district bordering Myanmar.
He, however, said that no arrest has been made yet. �We will definitely make arrests,� the State police chief said, adding that action would be taken as per the provisions of law.
Armed with machetes, lathis, bows and arrows, a 400-strong mob reportedly led by the All Yobin Students� Union, went on a rampage and burned down the Vijaynagar EAC office, the Post Office and the SB office. They also ransacked the Vijayanagar Police Station and partially damaged the civil helipad.
Asked about the ground situation, the DGP said, �The situation at Vijaynagar is tense, but under control.� He added that additional police personnel have been rushed to Vijaynagar in two helicopter sorties.
�At least 100 people from the civil and police administrations led by IGP (Law and Order) Chukhu Apa and DIGP (Tirap-Changlang-Longding) Kime Kaming are camping in the violence-hit town and they will stay put there till normalcy is restored,� Upadhyaya said, adding that the DC of Changlang would also join them.
Meanwhile, State Home Minister Bamang Felix expressed deep anguish over destruction of public properties and stated that in a civilised society, such antisocial acts would not be tolerated. He reiterated that strong action would be taken against those found responsible for the arson.
�We accepted the demand of the Yobin Students� Union and accordingly, the panchayat election at Vijaynagar was postponed. Whatever happened is unfortunate. Violence has no place in a civilised society,� the Home Minister added.
The State Election Commission has kept the panchayat polls at Vijaynagar in abeyance following protests by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students� Union and the All Yobin Students� Union. The student bodies are demanding cancellation of voting rights extended to ex-Assam Rifles settlers and their ejection from the Vijaynagar area.