Union demands inquiry into Dollungmukh intrusion

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Following the inaction of the state government on the intrusion of Assam officials at Dollungmukh on 8 December, the All Dollungmukh Area Students’ Union (ADASU) placed a charter of demands to the state government for consideration within a week’s time, failing which, it said, it would launch a series of democratic movements, beginning with a protest outside the civil secretariat.
Addressing reporters here at the press club on Thursday, ADASU chief adviser Temi Pabo said that they had already submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Pema Khandu, MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, and the newly-appointed DC of Kamle during the district’s inauguration on 15 December.
However, he said that they are yet to initiate any action to resolve the impasse between the two neighbours.
Pabo also listed out other demands, which include immediate implementation of the recommendation made by the three-member local boundary commission, which was headed by Justice (Rtd) Tarun Chaterjee and constituted by the Supreme Court in 2013; immediate refunding for a similar scheme/ tourist amusement park in lieu of the demolished structure as compensation; immediate arrest of all the officials involved in the demolition of the tourist amusement park (which includes North Lakhimpur DC Barun Bhuyan, the SP, and DFO Dr B Bashanthom), besides the arrest of the Assam PCCF and the CO of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Dollungmukh firing zone, Eastern Air Command.
Citing the occurrence of grievous problems, such as illnesses, the ADASU also sought immediate shifting of the Dollungmukh IAF firing range from the area.
“The firing range is merely 300 to 400 metres away from human settlement and causes not only disturbance but has caused several illnesses to the locals due to frequent bombing practice”, the union claimed.
Also suspecting a nexus between the Assam officials and those of the Arunachal Tourism department, the union sought immediate constitution of an inquiry committee against the Tourism department to ascertain the ground realities leading to the demolition of the tourist amusement park on 8 December, and to also withhold the bill amount.