FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, February 11: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday spoke to Assam Chief Secretary during a security review meeting at Guwahati and asked him to ensure immediate release of the two Aruchalee women arrested from Dullungmukh by Assam police. The minister expressed serious concern over arrest of the innocent Aruchalee women. DGP Aruchal was also present during the meeting, official sources informed. Two local tribal women mely Nido Yakum and Bini Yujum from Dullungmukh under Lower Subansiri District were arrested by Assam police from their agricultural field within the territory of Aruchal during last week of January. Both of them have been falsely booked under various section of the Forest Act and charged under non-bailable offence. "The officers posted along boundary area should not indulge in such kind of activities which can have adverse effect on the relation between two states. Assam officials should not harass innocent Aruchalee citizens," Rijiju told Assam CS during the meeting. While urging him to immediately ensure release of the two women, MoS Home also asked the Assam CS to make sure that in future too Assam officials posted along boundary area don't repeat such mistakes. The Assam CS took serious note of the issue raised by the minister and assured to look into the matter urgently. The issue of the arrest of two women was brought to the notice of the minister by Aruchal unit BJP leaders during his visit to the state. Meanwhile, the two arrested Aruchal women along with five others have been released from North Lakhimpur jail yesterday.
This was informed by Papum Pare DC Tai Kaye who held a series of meeting with DC, SP and DFO, ACF (North Lakhimpur) for last three days for release of the arrested women. During the meeting, Tai Kaye urged upon the Assam counterpart to bail out the two women and 5 others who were arrested under alleged forest case. The DC highlighted Local Boundary Commission Report and latest boundary case subjudiced in Supreme Court of India. The DC reiterated that people of both Assam and Aruchal living along the boundary area should be taken into confidence for amicable solution of any problem instead resorting to unilateral action from any side in boundary area. In the meeting, it was retreated to cooperate and coordite in the larger interest of both the states. Police and forest officials were also urged to inform the DC before taking such step. The Papum Pare district is sharing a distance of 127 KM long boundary area along North Lakhimpur and Sonitpur district of Assam.