Army men assembled Arunachal agents

BOMDILA: Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday took stock of the situation arising out of clashes between the Army and Arunachal Pradesh police personnel.

Some soldiers had allegedly vandalised the Bomdila police station and assaulted police personnel and civilians last week. "The defence minister (Sitharaman) and I looked into the ongoing conflict between the army and state police personnel. I appeal everyone not to treat it as army versus police and civil administration issue," said Rijiju, adding that the incident that happened at Bomdila on November 2 should be settled amicably through proper understanding.

"Both the army and the police are serving the nation with utmost dedication. An incident can't be allowed to tarnish the image of the great institutions," he said. Both Sitharaman and Rijiju also met members of the civil society as part of confidence building measures.

The incident happened when a group of soldiers allegedly misbehaved with civilians and police personnel at the Buddha Mahotsav celebrations. Two of the soldiers were brought to police station. After the incident, some soldiers allegedly vandalised the Bomdila police station and assaulted police personnel. PTI

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