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Police arrests 24 people for Vijaynagar violence

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, Dec 13 - The Arunachal Pradesh Police on Sunday said that it has arrested 24 persons on charges of arson, and seized three muzzle-loaded guns and one prohibited .22 air gun, two days after a mob set ablaze several government offices at Vijaynagar in Changlang district.

This afternoon, a team, led by IGP (Law and Order) Chukhu Apa and assisted by Changlang SP Mihin Gambu and Additional SP Shivendu, raided Hozulu village and arrested 24 persons and seized three muzzle-loaded guns and one prohibited .22 air guns.

�Four women have also been identified but they were left behind at the village. They will be produced by their guardians tomorrow at Vijaynagar Police Station,� Chukhu Apa informed.

Hozulu village is seven km from Vijaynagar. The team with the arrested persons returned to Vijaynagar at 3.30 pm, he said.

�The situation is now under control, but undercurrents remain,� the IGP (Law & Order) said, adding that the administration and security forces were doing their best to maintain law and order.

It may be recalled that a 400-strong mob, armed with daos (machetes), lathis (batons), bows and arrows, reportedly led by the All Yobin Students� Union, went on a rampage and burnt down the EAC office, the Post Office and the SB office at Vijaynagar on Friday. They also ransacked the Vijayanagar Police Station and partially damaged the civil helipad.

Meanwhile, the Changlang district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in the violence-hit Vijaynagar circle, a press release from the Changlang DC office said.

Reinforcements in the form of police personnel have been deployed at Vijaynagar led by the IGP (Law & Order) and the SP Changlang. Additional CRPF platoons along with two Magistrates on special duty have also been sent to Vijayanagar to deal with any untoward situation, it said.

Four FIRs have been registered against specific individuals based on local information and videographic evidence. �Strict action will be taken against those who vandalised government property and took law into their hands. Innocent people will be protected by the administration and police. However, those who instigate local youths will be dealt with as per the provisions of law,� the district administration stated.

District Magistrate Dr Devansh Yadav has appealed to all citizens to respect law. He also visited Vijayanagar and appealed to all community leaders to cooperate in defusing the situation.

�In these crucial times of COVID-19 pandemic we need to be united against anti-social elements in order to maintain peace and communal harmony in Changlang. We seek cooperation from public leaders to resolve this situation in a peaceful manner and as per the provisions of law,� the DM said.

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