ITANAGAR, Sep 18: Stating that the Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (APUAPA) 2014 has proved to be a failure, the Student’s United Movement of All Arunachal (SUMAA) demanded its immediate repeal.
In a press release, the SUMAA stated that the law was enacted in 2014 during the Nabam Tuki-led Government mainly for ‘personal’ political benefit in contradiction to Article 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India.
The demand from SUMAA came after the All Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) sought the former’s cooperation in addressing various demands. Including the repeal of the Act, placed before the Chief Minister.
The SUMAA also supported other demands, particularly the demand for early establishment of a permanent land law for the state.
It also expressed concern over exploitation of natural resources and encroachment of reserve forest areas by the refugees in the state due to ‘ineffective’ implementation of the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Act 2014.