Several hundreds students from East Siang, Siang and Upper Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh assembled at Pasighat town on Wednesday and staged sit-in stir demanding Water Treaty with China. The student leaders said China has hatched a conspiracy against India thereby creating a terror in Arunachal Pradesh and downstream Assam through man-made disasters.
The protesters shouted slogans like ‘Bachao Bachaou-Siang Bachao’, ‘Save Siang-Save Arunachal’, ‘We Want Water Treaty’ during the rally and registered their grievances against Chinese bully and Central government’s apathy towards the issue.
Addressing the rally, AAPSU general secretary Tobom Dai rued that China has been using Siang water according to its whims but there has been no reaction from Indian government.
“The neighbouring country is exploiting the water resources, contaminated Siang water and even blocked it to create terror in Arunachal Pradesh and downstream Assam but the Central Water Commission has not initiated any step to Siang water,” Dai said.
“Unusual phenomenon such as change of water quality in Siang river and constant flood threat since last one and half year has been creating panic among the people living on both banks. Recent flash flood caused by barrier lake in Tibet destroyed many crops and household properties in three Siang districts besides leaving an ecological catastrophe in the region. Chinese hand behind the unusual phenomenon and frequent calamity alert on the Siang river cannot be ruled out”, Dai added.
The AAPSU leader further said the recent drying up and then unprecedented water surge the very next day in Siang river that carried many explosive like materials like barrels and cylinders is sufficient to pollute Siang water.
Speaking on the occasion, youth leader Mongol Yomso said the union government should realize that China has no right to exploit the natural water to show their imperious power over India.
The protester later submitted a memorandum to Union Hoe Minister Rajnath Singh through East Siang Deputy Commissioner demanding well-defined ‘Water Treaty’ with China and to formulate a rigid water policy in order to protect Siang water.