| Staff REPORTER |
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Days after the recent incidents of arson and clashes between protesters and security forces during a peaceful rally in Namsai district, the All Namsai Area Youth Association (ANAYA) has called for maintaining peace and communal harmony in the district. Altogether 18 houses were allegedly burnt down by the miscreants at New Mabira and Mabira villages recently.
Addressing a press conference at Arunachal Press Club here today, ANAYA president Chow Kyawon Singkai informed that all the culprits involved in the burning down of four houses and a shop on October 25 at Mabira village have been arrested and put behind the bars.
“Let the police investigate the matter and not to give it a communal colour,” he appeal while claiming that attempts were being made to give the recent incidents a communal colour.
The ANAYA president however rejected the claim of burning down of 14 houses and a community hall on October 12 in New Mabira village, while claiming that there is no such village named New Mabira in the district.
“It was an eviction drive carried out by the competent authority for the illegally encroached forest land,” he said, further claiming that “the names being shown as the victims of New Mabira village are all encroachers”.
It may be mentioned here that the New Mabira village is situated inside Madhuban forest range for which in 2016 Tengapani Range Officer had filed an ‘offense report’. In May 2018, an ‘ejection notice’ was also issued for the eviction of the houses in the area by the Namsai DFO.