ITANAGAR: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has welcomed the statement made by the Chief Minister during the Independence Day celebration that efforts were being made by both the Central and the State governments to resolve the Chakma-Hajong refugee issue.
Terming the CM's statement as an acknowledgement of the vexed refugee issue, the union, however, expressed reservation about another statement made by the Chief Minister with regard to the inter-State boundary problems. The union said that it was demanding deployment of more police personnel along the inter-State boundary and strengthening the administrative mechanism in those areas only as a stop-gap measure until the boundary issue was resolved permanently.
"The demand for deployment of more police personnel along the inter-State border with Assam is only for securing the life and properties of the people residing in those areas, but not for waging war against our neighbour," the union said. "It (deployment of police) will not only ensure peace and security of life and property of the people residing along the inter-State boundary but also act as a deterrent against any misadventures by police and forest officials from Assam," it said.
The union alleged that police personnel from Assam illegally entered into Arunachal's territory in Kamku Russa in Longding district on the day when the high-power ministerial committee meeting on the inter-State boundary issue was held here recently. "There were also reports of Assam's power department erecting electric poles inside Bordumsa area in Changlang district a few days ago," the AAPSU said.
Stating that the initiative taken by the Chief Ministers of both the States for a peaceful solution to the long-pending boundary problem between the two States was a welcome move, the union, however, said it had taken serious note of the fact that "there is no concrete timeframe when the issue will be resolved".