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Artists call for peace in Arunachal, say they stand with the people

Traumatized artists who lost their valuables in the Arunachal Pradesh crisis said that they stand with the people of the state.

“We are with you in prayers. We feel so sorry for the loss of lives, our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and the people out there. We are standing with you,” said Nagaland’s popular musician Alobo Naga who also suffered huge loss during the fiasco at Itanagar.

He further said that they hope for peace, stability and an early solution. “We love you and we would love to come back again to play music for you all in good times. Our wishes to artistes and organizers who are still stuck there,” said the musician in an Instagram post.

Unruly protestors had burnt down dozens of vehicles and destroyed buildings against the government decision to provide the Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) to the non-Arunachal Pradesh ST residents. Though the government has decided to stop the PRC development, the protests have continued.

The Innova vehicle which was used by Alobo and his band members was burnt down along with the musical instruments at the venue of Itanagar International Film Festival in Itanagar.

Alobo and his band have lost the instruments worth more than Rs 30 lakh. Apart from that, the musicians are also hurt by the destruction.

“It would be so nice if the government does that. First of all it was a government event. I think they should compensate us. At least they should help us to stand on our feet. And it’s not only about money but the relationship with the instruments. We are emotionally attached to the instruments. I don’t think money can repay this. By the grace of God, we may be able to buy the instruments again but the chemistry is different. The keyboard which I have been playing for the last 10 years was like my pet. It hurts more. We feel so helpless at the moment,” Alobo added.

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