AAPSU urges CM to halt proposed NSCN/GPRN, MHA meeting in Deomali

ITANAGAR, Aug 5: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has urged Chief Minister Pema Khandu to issue directives to immediately halt the proposed meeting between the NSCN/GPRN and the ministry of home affairs (MHA) at Deomali in Tirap district on 9 August.
The union said the meeting is being held “without taking into confidence and pre-consent of the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh, which may sabotage peace in the state.
“It is a well enacted and premeditated attempt on their part to create confusion on the purported peace talk framework and sabotage peace in the state, when the content of the Indo-Naga peace talk framework agreement which was signed on August 3, 2015, is still shrouded in mystery and yet to be made public,” said the AAPSU in a representation to the chief minister.
“The AAPSU has opt repeatedly in the past and in the present welcomes the peace talk between Government of India and NSCN/GPRN-IM, but not at the cost of territorial and administrative integrity of the state,” it said.
It added: “The news emanating from unconfirmed sources to create an administrative set up encompassing on the principle ‘State within state’ ceding to the demand for Greater Nagalim in a different context by the government of India is unacceptable to the people of the state.”
The union further urged the chief minister to take cognizance of the seriousness of the matter and immediately constitute an all-party delegation to have parleys with the government of India on the issue.
“Taking the advantage of the Constitutional lapse, the NSCN/GPRN should stop subjugating and commit atrocities on the innocent villagers of the three districts,” it said.
“Since last two decades it is an open secret that the Naga elements have committed many atrocities, violence in the three districts. The Central government despite having full knowledge of the ground realities remained indifferent and maintained stoic silence and has allowed flourishing of unabated extortion and interference in the peaceful existence in the three districts,” the AAPSU stated.
In another release, the union appealed to the central government to expedite the process of deleting ‘any other Naga Tribe’ suffixed in the Schedule Tribe certificate issued to tribes such as Wancho, Nocte and Tangsa of Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts.
It said the term ‘any other Naga tribe’ was given by the British and then adopted in the constitution without any cross-verification.