ITANAGAR, Sept 12 - In yet another unsuccessful attempt, unidentified miscreants tried to burn down the district court building at Aalo in West Siang district in the wee hours today by sprinkling petrol around the building.
Police and fire personnel, however, managed to douse the blaze at its initial stage.
The building that houses the courts of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) and the Civil Judge (Senior Division) was set on fire at around 3 am for the third time within a span of 11 months, official sources said.
On noticing the blaze, the on-duty security personnel rang up police and fire brigade personnel, who reached the spot and controlled the fire.
However, a two-wheeler of a security guard, which was parked inside the court complex, was completely charred and the outer part of the court building was partially damaged in the fire. Previously, the miscreants had set the court building on fire twice � on November 20, 2018 and May 6 this year � causing damage to some court properties.
Condemning the incident, the West Siang Bar Association demanded immediate suspension of the IRBN personnel deployed at the court premises for their �failure and negligence�. Members of the Bar association sought deployment of security personnel on a rotational basis, immediate installation of high-resolution night vision cameras and high-must lights in the court compound. They also urged the district administration to hand over investigation of all the three cases of arson at the court to a special investigation team headed by an officer not below the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police.
The Bar members threatened to launch a stir if their demands were not met by the authorities. They placed their demands during a meeting chaired by Additional Deputy Commissioner of West Siang C Chukhu.
The ADC assured them that he would take up the issue with the Deputy Commissioner and the SP.