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Prohibitory orders imposed in Namsai dist after arson

 ITANAGAR, Oct 26 - Prohibitory orders have been clamped on Namsai district after miscreants torched 14 houses belonging to a tribal community in a new settlement at Mabira area, officials said today.

The incident took place near Khai-Hay Nallah under the Tengapani Forest Reserve between October 12-15, prompting the district administration to enforce prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144, they said.

The situation took a turn for the worse on Friday, as protesters clashed with paramilitary forces at the Jengthu Bridge during a rally organised by the Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU), a police officer said.

Several police personnel, including SP Ankit Kumar Singh and DSPs Sepraj Perme and Thutan Jamba, suffered minor injuries in the violence, he said.

AdiSU, in a representation to the Namsai Deputy Commissioner, has also accused a few members of the All Tai Khampti Singpho Students’ Union (ATKSSU) of arson and demanded their immediate arrest. The ATKSSU has denied involvement in the incident.

Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and Home Minister Bamang Felix had on Friday night called an emergency meeting with officials, and decided to send a peace delegation to meet the affected families in Namsai and urge people in the area to maintain peace.

The delegation will include Health Minister Alo Libang, and MLAs Ninong Ering and Jignu Namchoom, an official release said.

Felix has also called on members of the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum to intervene in the matter and maintain communal harmony.

Meanwhile, the District Divisional Forest Office in Namsai has said it did not issue any ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)’ or forest clearance for the new settlement at Mabira. – PTI

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