The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) taking serious note of the proposed meeting at Deomali in Tirap district by NSCN/GPRN and Ministry of Home Affairs on August 9, submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Pema Khandu at Tawang on Sunday.
MHA Joint Secretary (North East) Satyendra Garg is scheduled to attend the meeting with the collective leadership of NSCN-IM headed by the outfit’s retired General V.S. Atem.
“The meeting, organised without taking into confidence and pre-consent of indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh, is a well-enacted and premeditated attempt on their part to create confusion on the purported peace talks framework and sabotage peace in the State when the content of the Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015 is still shrouded in mystery and yet to be made public to all the stakeholders,” AAPSU president Hawa Bagang and General Secretary Tobom Dai said in a statement.
“Therefore, you are requested to take serious cognisance of the matter and immediately constitute an all-party delegation to have parleys with the government of India and issue necessary directives for immediate halting of the proposed meeting,” the statement said.
The AAPSU also called upon the Centre to expedite the process of deleting any other Naga Tribe suffix in the Schedule Tribe certificate issued to many tribes of Tirap, Changlang and Longding, namely Wancho, Nocte and Tangsa Tribe.
The ‘any other Naga tribe’ was a term used by the British and then adopted by the Constitution without any cross-verification.
Taking advantage of the constitutional lapse, the NSCN/GPRN should stop subjugating and committing atrocities towards the innocent villagers of the three district of Arunachal Pradesh, the AAPSU said.
“For the last two decades, it is an open secret that the Naga elements have committed many atrocities, violence in the three districts. The Central government despite having full knowledge of the ground realities has remained indifferent and maintained stoic silence all along and has allowed flourishing of unabated extortion and interference in the peaceful existence in the three district,” the AAPSU said.