ITANAGAR: Reacting to the Kimin fiasco, former Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Kumar Waii has urged Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu-led State government to build fences in all the disputed boundaries between Arunachal and Assam to avoid any more future escalation related to the inter-State boundaries.
Speaking to reporters, the former Home Minister said, ''It is very sad to see the State's Chief Minister as a mute spectator... He failed to protect the territorial integrity of the State.
The Kimin fiasco needs to be handled seriously because its not only about boundary issues but also about territorial integrity; and, the people in power should stop playing the blame game and immediately build fences between the Assam and Arunachal boundaries,'' stated Waii.
"I have seen the statement of Chief Minister Pema Khandu where he has categorically stated that he has no knowledge about the event and renaming of Kimin; whereas, he had a meeting with a top official of BRO a week before the incident came to limelight,'' asserted Waii. He also claimed that ''it is not possible to organize such a big event without the knowledge of the State government; and especially where even the Union Defence Minister, MoS is involved in it.
Waii also stated, ''I don't want to blame or question any religion or region; but these people become vocal when some indigenous people wanted to build a church in Tawang on a few square kilometres of the land... but they become mute spectators when it comes to Kimin and illegal land is encroached by the Chakma people in Eastern Arunachal.''
If the same attitude will be continued by the State government then the day is not far when Ruksin becomes Dhemaji, Likabali will be under Silapathar and Bhalukpung will be under Balipara, stated Former Home Minister.
When asked about an apology from the BRO official concerned, Waii said, ''The BRO is not the representative of the State or the Central government; so, their apology or clarification is not acceptable.
''Instead the clarification must be given by any representative of the Central or State government or from Assam. Moreover, the blame game is not at all a wise act on the issue.''
Without naming anyone, the former State Home Minister also alleged that ''a few leaders are only interested in doubling their personal financial position and are investing in other States as well as in abroad, whereas the common denizens are suffering due to no jobs and incomes and the State has an overdraft of more than Rs 500 crore in RBI (Reserve Bank of India).''