YUPIA: The Banderdewa Circle Border Committee (BCBC) organized a mass rally from Banderdewa to the Deputy Commissioner's office here, demanding the exclusion of Banderdewa, Tani Happa and Pichola villages from joint re-verification as recommended by the regional committee of the Papum Pare-Lakhimpur-Biswanath districts over the Assam-Arunachal boundary demarcation.
Addressing the gathering, a resident of the Banderdewa said that it is very clear that the residents of the three villages are against the decision of the regional committee of Papum Pare-Lakhimpur-Biswanath districts.
However, the public will support the State Government if the decision on the boundary demarcation is framed according to the survey map of 1951, which is the Constitutional boundary of the two States.
He also said that the DC and the regional committee members should refrain from disrupting the peaceful co-existence of the public from Assam and Arunachal in the border areas.
"The 'Namsai Declaration' in Para 4 clearly states that Banderdewa and Pichola villages are within the Constitutional boundary of Arunachal Pradesh, and shall remain with the State. However, it is totally different in the minutes of the regional meeting", he added.
BCBC chairman Tame Achung said that the members of the committee met with the DC regarding the matter, but there was no positive conclusion to it. He said that the reply from the DC was that the minutes of the regional committee are 'final', and cannot be altered.
However, Achung also made it clear that unless the matter is addressed by the regional committee or the State Government, the public of the area will fight until their demands are fulfilled.
"The 28 villages should not suffer from the illogical and immature decision of the DC and his counterparts. Therefore, Education Minister Taba Tedir, MLA Techi Kaso, and MLA Tana Hali should immediately jump into the matter, and accordingly resolve it", Achung said, adding that the BCBC objects to the decision of the regional committee.
Meanwhile, speaking to the reporters, DC Sachin Rana said that he had a meeting with the public earlier, wherein he suggested submitting an official representation on the matter so that it can be further forwarded to the State Government.
Highlighting the Namsai Declaration resolution, he said that members of the regional committee of Assam have formally requested to reconsider the matter so that it could be further discussed.
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