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Itanagar bandh peaceful, 16 detained

"The law and order situation is peaceful so far. There is no report of any untoward incident. Several detained as a precautionary measures," Itanagar Superintendent of Police Jimmy Chiram told UNI on Thursday.

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Itanagar: The 36-hour Itanagar bandh call given by All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) demanding Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s resignation accusing him of indulging in corruption, has been peaceful so far with no reports of any untoward incident, officials informed on Thursday.

However, 16 persons including the general secretary of ANYA were detained by the state police as a preventive measure.

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“The law and order situation is peaceful so far. There is no report of any untoward incident. Several detained as a precautionary measures,” Itanagar Superintendent of Police Jimmy Chiram told UNI on Thursday.

Chiram without divulging any details of detainees, further said, “Heavy security has been deployed at vital installations of the Itanagar Capital Region. Top officials form police and magistrates are on the ground to oversee the situation.”

Meanwhile, sources told UNI, “ANYA general secretary Bengia Tada and 15 others were detained by the police.”

The bandh which started from 5 am on Thursday, has paralysed normal life in the capital region.

Post offices, banking institutions, shops and commercial establishments remained closed.

On Wednesday, the Arunachal Pradesh government ordered temporary suspension of mobile internet services from 5 pm for 48 hours in view of the bandh.

Refuting ANYA’s allegation against CM, state Home Minister and government spokesperson Bamang Felix termed it “vague and baseless”.

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