The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Wednesday reiterated its stand against the Centre’s alleged move of granting citizenship rights to the Chakma-Hajong refugees and implementation of the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy, 2014 in the State.
The move came on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to the State on Thursday.
The students’ body said that it is a major threat to demographic imbalance as the population growth of the Chakmas and Hajongs is much higher in comparison to the local indigenous tribes like the Singphos, Khamtis and Tangsas.
In a press statement issued on Wednesday, the AAPSU said, “The Chakmas and Hajongs in total disregard to the law of the land have encroached upon the Namdapha National Park, and also have started usurping local indigenous community land. They have started their own underground groups that are engaged in heinous crimes like murder, kidnapping and extortion, to name a few of their anti-social activities.”
The premier students’ body further said that Arunachal Pradesh is regulated and protected by many laws and regulations since the time of British era, such as the ‘Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) 1873, the Chin-Hills Regulation of 1896, Jhum Hills Regulations 1847, Assam Frontier Tract Regulations 1871 and the Assam Frontier (Administration of Justice) Regulation, 1945’.
The AAPSU also said that the 13th session of the Legislative Assembly had agreed upon protecting the territorial and other consequential rights of its tribal population as protected and guaranteed under the Constitution of India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is arriving in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday to inaugurate the Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre in Itanagar.
Modi is also dedicating the state civil secretariat building to the people and lay the foundation stone of the academic block of the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Science.