Students'' Union (AAPSU) on Thursday staged a protest over
China reportedly establishing a village in the Upper Subansiri
district of the state.
The apex students'' body of the state along with 16 of
its federal units and community-based organisation staged a
sit-in at Indira Gandhi Park here, demanding the Centre to
"act tough" on the issue.
The union, armed with banners and placards, condemned
the nefarious activities of China and slammed the Centre for
remaining "silent" over the issue.
Speaking to reporters, AAPSU president Hawa Bagang
blamed the Centre for its "failure in protecting" the state
from "foreign incursion".
"The AAPSU is ready to fight against the Chinese
military if the central government authorises," Bagang said.
Bagang urged the MPs from the state to be vocal on
such matters, concerning the interest of Arunachal Pradesh and
He also appealed to the central government for road
and telecommunication connectivity in the border areas,
besides releasing developmental packages and increasing
military deployment in the frontier state.
"The symbolic protest is a message to the Centre that
the indigenous people of the state reject the repeated claim
of China over the state''s territory," AAPSU general secretary
Tobom Dai said.
The people of the state are frustrated against the
lackadaisical attitude of the Centre towards such serious
issues, he said.
Stating that China''s claim over the state''s territory
is an old issue, Dai blamed the successive central governments
led by the Congress and the BJP for not taking the matter
North East Students'' Organisation (NESO) coordinator
Pritam Bhai Sonam urged the government for collective measures
and not to play the blame game when the issue is of national
interest. PTI UPL