GoI move to grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees

Rijiju takes a U-turn

NEW DELHI | Sept 19 |  Union MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju on September 19 said that the SC order was not implementable, though days ago he had said that the Centre would honour the 2015 Supreme Court order on granting citizenship to Chakma-Hajongs, Buddhists and Hindus from undivided Pakistan.

In an about turn,. Rijiju said the two persecuted communities who came from Chittagong (now Bangladesh, then undivided Pakistan) were settled in Arunachal Pradesh between 1964-69 by the then Congress Govt and any citizenship to them will disturb the “demography” of the tribal State.

Rijiju said that the media had misrepresented his comments on Chakma-Hajongs and that the Centre would appeal in the SC against its earlier 2015 direction to grant citizenship to them.

“Arunachal Pradesh enjoys special status as per Constitution. As a Member of Parliament from Arunachal, I have to stand by my people,” Rijiju said. (The Hindu)

 

Total AAPSU bandh reflects people’s sentiment

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR | Sept 19 | AAPSU called dawn to dusk state-wide bandh with sporadic violence to protest against GoI’s decision to grant citizenship to around one lakh Chakma-Hajong refugees was total bring life to a halt.

All traders downed their shutters, educational, Govt & financial institutions remained closed and all modes of transport remained off the road.  However, the agitators  damaged several vehicles including private ones, torched an APST here. Reports of violence were also poured in from several other districts.

Hundreds of students, many of them in school uniform, ruled the roost over NH-415, state capital’s lifeline, to enforce the bandh which was marred by violence including burning of tyres.

‘Bideshi bhagaoshanti lao‘, ‘AAPSU ladhega, samadahn layega‘, (Deport foreigners to bring peace, AAPSU would continue to fight till solution) – slogans rented the air near TRIHMS at Naharlagun as the agitators led by AAPSU vice president Meje Taku reflected the GenNext commitment to the issue.

“This is the beginning. We would go upto New Delhi to seek justice as our rights are protected by the Constitution of India,” Take said as the gathering shouted hurrah…hurrah.

“It is for the first time the non-tribal people willingly supported any bandh in the state,” local resident Kipa Tapuk said, adding not any shop in any corner of Naharlagun is open indicating their support.

A burnt scooter was lying on the street while TRIHMS  medical superintendent Dr Raina raised strong protest after the agitators damaged the hospital ambulance.

When Red Cross is exempted even during war as live saviours, attack on ambulance is intolerable. “Who knows some agitators might get sick and need treatment? What will happen in that case?, they should ponder, Dr  Raina added.

AAPSU to intensify stir

Our Staff Reporter adds: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) would intensify its democratic stir and non-cooperation movement against the Centre, its president Hawa Bagang told press persons at APC here after the bandh ended successfully.

Thanking one and all  for their support, he said that the movement would continue till the issue is resolved by deporting all Chakmas-Hajongs from the state. They were allowed to settle in the state by GoI without knowledge of state authorities but now involving criminal activities to disturb the prevailing peace.

“If the GoI fails to heed to our demand, we will start non-cooperation movement against the Centre and we halt functioning of all central Govt establishment in state,” he said warning the GoI not to play with the sentiment of indigenous tribes. He  questioned stoic silence of three state MPs – Union MoS (State) Kiren Rijuju, Ninong Ering and Mukut Mithi on the issue.

Taking responsibility of damages caused to  magistrate & police vehicles on duty and ambulance by the protesters, Bagang said that the issue itself had hurt sentiment of the masses, who voluntary came out to the street and the damages might have been by chance. He deeply regretted and assured to be careful in future.

The bandh reflected sentiment of indigenous people to pass a louder message to GoI and GoAP  leaders, GS Tobom Dai said, adding the people would never tolerate any arbitrary decision to grant citizenship to Chakmas-Hajongs.

He referred to one-point resolution adopted in last all party meeting not to accept grant of citizenship to Chakmas-Hajongs, he said, adding that AAPSU has submitted memorandum to the GoAP on Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy and will not accept in present form.

Any bandh is troublesome for all but is the last option, he said, adding that AAPSU has been pursuing and submitting memorandum to both Govts repeatedly but of no avail. Thus, the movement would  continue, he said.

On demand for especial assembly session, Dai said that we need to talk with the GoAP on many burning problems confronting the state including this vexed issue before the session.

The bandh evoked strong support from various organisations.

Arunachal Students Union Delhi (ASUD) members led by its president Likha Akash and GS Dewan Natung staged peaceful protest in New Delhi’s Arunachal Bhawan.

Moreover, the ASUD also demand immediate roll back of TRP, 2014; an emergency state cabinet meeting to discuss about the pros and cons of TRP,2014 & Chakma-Hajong issue,  urged all MLAs and elected representatives, bureaucrats, technocrats and local public to act strongly against the refugees and TRP-2014 to safeguard state’s  interest.

Galo Students’ Union (GSU) termed granting citizenship to  the refugees a blunder on the part of GoI hurting sentiment of state’s indigenous people. The refugees should treated as refugees only in the state. It urged the GoAP to be deport them soon in indigenous people’s interest and  press the GoI to strictly enforce Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.

At Tezu, a conglomeration of district unions led by All Mishmi Student Union (AMSU) enforced bandh peacefully but logs blocked road at different points and tyres were burnt but without any untoward incident.   The town road looked deserted except magistrate, press, Army and police personnel vehicle.

Lohit DC Karma Leki said that the bandh was peaceful because deployment of magistrates and security forces to avoid any law and order problem.

The IGG college team led studnets’ union GS  Riramso Pul and AMSU member took out a rally holding banners and shouting slogans: ‘Go back Chakmas-Hajongs go back’.

At Namsai, Namsai District Students’ Union president Chow Sengkhun Manchy, youth leader Ratna Manpong, who led the bandh, vociferously protested against the GoI decision by citing examples of anti-social and criminal activities of the Chakmas-Hajongs which have been alarmingly increasing. Thus, the bandh is the beginning.

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