Itanagar: Seven leaders of four political parties on Thursday filed an FIR against Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu and Union sports and youth affairs minister Kiren Rijiju for “willful violation” of several Acts and the Constitution of India besides an illegal attempt to alter the territory of the state.
The FIR pertained to the controversy over the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) “renaming” Kimin in Papum Pare district as “Bilgarh” in Assam during a June 17 event where Defence Minister inaugurated the 20 km Kimin-Potin road and 11 other such projects handled by the BRO.
The complaint at the Kimin police station was filed by Kahfa Bengia and Kaling Jerang of People’s Party of Arunachal, Ruhi Tagung of Riba Pangia Dolo of Janata Dal (United), Techi Tegi Tara and Gyamar Tana of Congress and Jarjum Ete of JD (Secular).
The complainants said Khandu and Rijiju violated the Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Act of 1987, Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation of 1873 (Restricted Area Permit) and Arunachal Pradesh (Land Settlement & Record) Act of 2000 while committing fraudulent contempt of Article 3 in the Constitution of India.
They also accused the duo of an illegal attempt to distort or alter the territory of Arunachal Pradesh that culminated in communal tension and severe unrest at Kimin after the function to inaugurate the Kimin-Potin road.
“It is to draw your attention that for the same road inauguration programme, the old signboards and foundation stones where Kimin-Arunachal Pradesh is written were intentionally covered with a white paste by BRO (as alleged) despite objections from the locals,” they said, adding that it led to misgivings and suspicion among the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
The complainants also said no corrective measures were taken after the Kimin-Potin road inauguration itinerary and BRO’s intimation letter to the Papum Pare deputy commissioner showed Kimin as Bilgarh in Assam.
They said that Khandu had at a media briefing on June 21 accepted that he was aware of the white paste “mishap” and had let Rijiju, who was travelling with Singh, about it. “However, no statement and clarification has been made by either of them till date,” the complainants said, asserting the chain of events showed the duo had “fraudulent connivance with Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for ceding Kimin to Assam.
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