Itagar, Apr 11: The All Aruchal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today castigated Chi for terming Aruchal as a disputed territory. “Our state is not a disputed territory but an integral part of India. We strongly oppose the remark made by Beijing,” AAPSU president Kamta Lapung told reporters during a press conference here. Referring to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman recent statement, “There is a huge dispute in the eastern border of Chi-India border. This is undeniable fact”, Lapung said that the statement carried no meaning as Aruchal is not a disputed territory but an integral part of India. “On many occasion we have been protesting such attitude of Chi and we have nothing to do with Chinese authorities,” Lapung added. North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) coorditor Bai Som said that Chi has no valid reason to claim any parts of the state.
“Stapled visas are issued to the Aruchalees because of weakness of the Centre,” Som alleged. The apex students’ body of the state while protesting imposition of Armed Forces Special (Power) Act (AFSPA) in 12 districts of the state, further informed that it would resort to a series of agitation till the draconian Act is withdrawn.
“AFSPA is nothing but a license to kill innocent people in a peaceful state like Aruchal where not a single insurgent group exists,” Lapung said adding, if the Centre feels that insurgents from neighbouring states have sneaked into the state’s territory, it could launch massive army operation instead of extending AFSPA. Lashing out at Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, the AAPSU categorically said that if anything happens in the state because of imposition of AFSPA, Rijiju would be held responsible. Lapung further disclosed that the union would stage a protest rally in the state capital on April 15 next to be followed by a mass meeting involving all political parties, NGOs, organizations and common people on April 19. “A delegation of AAPSU will meet Union Home Affairs Minister Rajth Singh and Rijiju soon to request them to withdraw the controversial act immediately. If they fail to withdraw it, we will launch protest movement in various states of the country through our federal bodies,” Lapung emphatically said. AAPSU general secretary Biru si said that the union also opposing tooth and il the Aruchal Pradesh Unlawful Activities Act (APUAA) along with the AFSPA. “When the state government is opposing imposition of AFSPA, why it had ected the APUAA which is similar to AFSPA in ture,” he questioned and added that the Act would curtail the democratic rights of the people.