'Encroachment' by Chakma immigrants in Arunachal: AAPSU demands permanent solution

Itanagar: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Thursday stressed proactive measures from all stakeholders for a permanent solution to the issue of illegal immigrants.

The Supreme Court and the Centre will settle the issue of granting of citizenship, but that does not mean the illegal immigrants can go on usurping community lands belonging to the indigenous communities, an AAPSU team said in a meeting with a high-level Group of Ministers on the issue of encroachment by Chakma immigrants at Kathan and other areas of the state.

The AAPSU team was led by its president Hawa Bagang and general secretary Tobom Dai. The meeting chaired by deputy chief minister Chowna Mein was attended by the ministers for home, environment & forests and UD & housing besides the MLA of Bordumsa-Diyun.

Taking into account the seriousness of the problems unfolding at Kathan area in particular and other parts of the state in general, the AAPSU requested the state government to constitute a state-level High Powered Committee for containing the continuous influx and encroachment by the Chakmas and identifying their original allotted blocks within seven days.

The AAPSU also appealed for an early settlement of the administrative boundary between Lohit and Changlang districts as the traditional boundary between both indigenous Mishmis and Singphos has been mutually settled.

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Putting forth the hardships faced by the people of Kathan, the AAPSU sought the installation of BSNL mobile network service on priority and the permanent stationing of paramilitary forces for maintaining law and order in the area.

The government, on its part, assured to look into the demands of the union in the greater interest of the indigenous people of the state.

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