Bandh witnesses stray incident of violence

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Life came to a standstill in Capital Complex during dawn to dusk on Friday during the 12-hour bandh called by All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) to protest against the state government for not meeting its various demands.

All modes of transports were off the road, shops downed their shutters, all financial institutions including post offices, educational institutions remained closed while Govt offices through remained opened but witnessed thin attendance.

Few incidents of road blockade, burning of tyres, pelting of stone that damaged few vehicles were reported various parts of Capital Complex  Large number passengers who arrived by train at Borum railway station were stranded for no movement of vehicles while large number of security personnel were deployed to maintain law and order.

Capital Complex roads, including busy National Highway 415 wore a deserted look during the bandh. However, police sources said that four vehicle were damaged while few protesters burnt tyre on at few places here to block movement of vehicles.

The Inter-State Bus Terminus at Leki also wore a deserted look while long distance buses which originate from Itanagar were also off the road while those coming to Itanagar from other places remained parked outside Hollongi and Banderdewa the check posts.

However, essential services including ambulance, vehicles of security personnel and magistrate were exempted from the purview of bandh.

“We launched the democratic movement to press the state government to fulfill our eight demands,” ANYA president Byabang Joram told media persons. The demands included district-wise quota in Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB) and suspension of all top officials, including former chairman AC Verma, secretary SK Jain and others and initiate a free and fair investigation into their alleged role in malpractice in conducting exams to recruit LDC/JSA and early solution to Assam-Arunachal boundary tangle

Claiming the bandh successful, Joram thanked all stakeholders, including traders, government servants, students, security personnel, administration and general public for their cooperating and support.

Joram further claimed to continue with democratic movement if the state government failed to meet up the genuine demands placed by ANYA to the state government.

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