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The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has taken a serious note of repeated illegalities committed by Assam Police and forest officials in several villages under the Kangku Circle of Lower Siang district.

The union condemned the unilateral act of Assam officials in destroying standing crops and termed it as an act of threat and intimidation to the peace-loving people of Arunachal Pradesh. At an emergency meeting here on Sunday, the union also asked the state government to register its protest at the highest level.

The meeting was organised in connection with the border issues between Assam and its neighbouring states in the aftermath of the Assam-Mizoram imbroglio as well as the destruction of tea plantations and rice fields in Lora village of Kimin under Papum Pare district and Longkhojan village in the Kanubari circle of Longding district.

“The deafening silence and meek stand adopted by the state government is sending out a wrong message and instead emboldening its counterpart in carrying out such atrocities to the interstate boundary dwellers,” AAPSU president Hawa Bagang and general secretary Tobom Dai said in a statement.

They termed the last-minute cancellation of the high-powered committee meeting on border issues without citing any reasons as unfortunate.

“When there are already talks of resolving the border issue between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam at the highest level, such incidents defeat the very purpose of conflict resolution. The recent incident at Kimin whereby the area was mentioned as Bilgarh also points to a larger controversy,” the duo said.

The union will visit both the eastern and western border areas of the state in the coming days to ascertain the ground realities and the problems faced by the people living on the interstate boundary areas, they added.

The union advocated strict adherence to the status quo along the interstate borders and appealed for peace and tranquillity. “Border issues can be resolved only through talks,” the two AAPSU leaders said.

“While supplementing the stand taken by the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), we urge upon the central government to immediately intervene in the Assam-Mizoram imbroglio and also call upon for lifting of economic blockade against Mizoram by various individuals and organisations,” they added.

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