Chakma-Hajong refugees vis-à-vis CAB | Centre, state should make stand clear: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The GoI and the GoAP should make their stand clear on Chakma-Hajong refugees, who are likely to get citizenship status after passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), AAPSU, spearheading refugee issue for past many decades, demanded here on Friday.

“We want a clear-cut answer from New Delhi whether the Chakma-Hajongs will remain as refugees or citizens. If they (refugees) are given the citizenship status where will they be settled?” AAPSU president Hawa Bagang asked during a press conference here.

The state people have bore the brunt of the refugee issue while time and again opposed it tooth and nail, he said, adding “We will launch rigorous stir in the state if the Centre plans to give citizenship status to them and settle them in Arunachal. We will never accept it at any cost,” Bagang said.

The AAPSU, being a constituent of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), has been opposing the contentious CAB from day one though amended to be and Act, he said quoting NESO.

“The AAPSU is totally against the amended Act and wants that the entire NE should be exempted from its purview as it will open floodgates for infiltration of immigrants,” he said, adding, AAPSU has been fighting to safeguard ethnicity, culture and languages.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had given assurance to various stakeholders of the state at New Delhi on November 30, to include all applicable provisions of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 and the Chin Hills Regulation, 1896. The AAPSU wants that assurance be implemented strictly to ensure total safety along with other NE states, Bagang said.

The AAPSU would continue to oppose the amended Act, said its GS Tobom Dai.

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