Members of the high-level committee appointed by the Arunachal Pradesh government to look into the “Kimin fiasco” on Tuesday visited Kimin in Papum Pare district to take stock of developments surrounding the entire ‘renaming’ episode.
Headed by education minister Taba Tedir, the high-level committee comprising of advisor to home minister Nyamar Karbak, principal secretary (home) Rajeev Verma, divisional commissioner Kaling Tayeng, DGP R.P Upadhyaya and IGP (law and order) Chuku Apa visited all the places where Arunachal’s name was covered with white paste during defence minister Rajnath Singh’s recent visit to Kimin to inaugurate the 20-km Kimin-Potin road, constructed by the BRO.
The team also interacted with the panchayat and youth leaders of Kimin, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) officials and officers from the local administration.
During the interaction, the panchayat leaders, senior citizens, locals and executive members of the All Kimin Youth Welfare Association (AKYWA) apprised the visiting team of their grievances, to which the latter assured: “to present and discuss the matter at the highest level and on top priority.”
Sources said, “As the BRO had sent its representatives to the meeting, the government, while taking strong exemption of the same, summoned all the BRO heads stationed in the state to meet the committee at the earliest.”
Though the BRO has tendered an apology for the Kimin row while claiming it to be “an inadvertent and unintended mistake,” several organisations of the state have demanded the shifting of the organisation’s office from Kimin.
While the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has lodged an FIR against BRO (Kimin) chief engineer Pramod Kumar and other officials for “renaming” Kimin as ‘Bilgarh’, the AKYWA, has served a 30-day ultimatum demanding the shifting of BRO’s office and a corrigendum from all the national media houses that showed Kimin to be a part of Assam.