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The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has expressed strong resentment over the alleged attempt of illegal land occupation by a man from Assam with the help of police.

The AAPSU alleged that one Ajit Munda, who belongs to Assam allegedly tried to occupy the private land belonging to an Arunachalee in Lower Siang district with the help of police and other officials from the neighboring state.

“Despite repeated appeals from the original owners and the village level peace keeping and other committees, Munda started the construction of a permanent structure in the land of the original landowner which is well within the territorial jurisdiction of Arunachal Pradesh. As informed, he was a simple tenant and was allowed to stay in the land previously on temporary basis,” the AAPSU said in a statement on Thursday.

The AAPSU said it is pained over the repeated attempts as well as actions of the Assam Government along the inter-state boundary areas.

“Every now and then, there are repeated incidents of illegal land occupation, damaging of crops and other structures in the Kangku Circle. Such incidents, if is not stopped at once, may result into another Tarasso like incident,” the AAPSU said.

Calling upon the State government to take due cognizance of the matter and initiate necessary action to protect the lives and properties of its people living along the inter-state boundary, the AAPSU, at the same time also questioned the silence of the government, particularly that of the Lower Siang district administration in the “sensitive” matter.

The students’ body further appealed the Assam government and organizations to respect the age-old relation and peaceful co-existence of the people living along both sides of Assam-Arunachal border and uphold the status-quo as directed by the Supreme Court of India.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com

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