Diyun: Responding to the statement of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) reported yesterday that the Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh has been instructed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu to conduct the census of the Chakmas and Hajongs of Arunachal Pradesh, the Committee for Citizenship Rights of the Chakmas and Hajongs of Arunachal Pradesh (CCRCHAP) stated that Chakmas and Hajongs shall not cooperate with any illegal census.
“No Chakma and Hajong shall cooperate with any illegal census. Any census on them must meet the litmus test of complying with Article 14 and Article 21 of the Constitution of India and the 1996 Supreme Court judgment in the case of National Human Rights Commission of India Vs State of Arunachal Pradesh & Anr,” said Santosh Chakma, General Secretary of the CCRCHAP.
“About 95% of the Chakmas and Hajongs are citizens of India by birth and they cannot be discriminated in any manner. Further, the Supreme Court, in its order of 1996, unequivocally stated while the application of any individual Chakma migrant of 1964-1969 is pending consideration, the State of Arunachal Pradesh shall not evict or remove the concerned person from his occupation on the ground that he is not a citizen of India until the competent authority has taken a decision in that behalf,” said Tejang Chakma, Joint Secretary of the CCRCHAP.
“The Chakmas and Hajongs reserve the right to approach the Supreme Court in case of violations of Article 14 and Article 21 of the Constitution of India and the judgment of 1996,” Santosh Chakma further added.
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