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72-hour Shutdown in Arunachal Pradesh against APPSC paper leak


72-hour Shutdown in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh

A 72-hour shutdown was enforced in Itanagar, the capital town of Arunachal Pradesh, by some groups and individuals as a protest against the 2022 Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) paper leakage case. The protest caused normal life to come to a halt with shops, markets, business establishments, educational institutions, banks, and post offices remaining closed. The ban did not affect normal life in eleven other districts of the state, but it paralyzed daily activities in East Kameng and West Siang districts. The administration took preventive measures by deploying police personnel at crucial locations, including the State’s Civil Secretariat and Assembly. Meanwhile, Talo Potom, the district magistrate of Itanagar Capital Complex, called the bandh “illegal” and “unconstitutional” and issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPc throughout the region. The state government also temporarily suspended mobile internet services in the capital and Papum Pare (Rural) district to prevent any serious law and order problem. Despite the protests, the officials continued their crackdown on the paper leak case, and 54 individuals, including 41 government officers, have been arrested so far. The government has taken disciplinary actions against 22 regular employees, and 19 employees whose services were yet to be confirmed were terminated. No untoward incident has been reported from any part of the capital region during the protests.

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