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AAPSU to oppose Centre’s decision on Chakma-Hajong refugees



FROM A CORRESPONDENT
Itanagar, Sept 13: The decision of the Centre to grant citizenship to all Chakma and Hajong refugees living in the Northeast has evoked sharp reaction in the state today with the apex students’ body of the state – All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) opposing it.
“The decision of the Centre will spark social unrest in the state and we will oppose granting of citizenship to them (Chakma and Hajong refugees) within the territory of the state,” AAPSU general secretary Tobom Dai told reporters here.
He said, Arunachal Pradesh is a protected area under Bengal Frontier Regulation Act, 1872 and Chin Hill Act of 1896, where even Indians required inner line permit to enter.
“If they are granted citizenship, the future of the indigenous tribal population will be at stake and will change the demography of the state. The refugees have already outnumbered the local population especially in Diyun and Bordumsa areas under Changlang district and with granting of citizenship they will get political rights in the state,” Dai pointed out.
Lashing out at the Centre for the decision, Dai alleged that the union government has been treating the people of Arunachal Pradesh as second class citizens of the country.
“We will launch rigorous mass movement in the state against the Centre’s illogical decision and will finalise our modus operandi in a day or two,” the AAPSU leader added.