‘Book culprits harassing Kathan villagers’

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: Following reports of atrocities committed by Chakma militants in Kathan village in Wakro circle of Lohit district, the Arunachal Pradesh Chakma Students’ Union (APCSU) demanded that the police book the culprits involved in harassing the villagers.
The statement of the Chakma student body comes after members of the Mishmi Welfare Society (MWS) took out a rally in Tezu on Friday, condemning alleged harassment of the villagers of Kathan by Chakma militants.
While the APCSU urged the MWS not to brand the entire Chakma community as criminals, it supported the demand for deployment of security personnel to ensure the safety and security of the villagers.
“There is no society freed from presence of criminal elements. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that all the members of a particular community are criminals. Therefore, it is wrong to tag the entire Chakma community as criminals because of a few misguided youths as the rally allegedly claimed,” said APCSU president Drishya Muni Chakma in a press release on Sunday.
“The manner in the use of the words ‘Chakma militants’ in the memorandum and banner of the MWS has the tendency to create confusion and brand the entire Chakma community as criminals,” the union said.
“Those alleged antisocial elements have no place in any community and religion,” the APCSU said, and demanded that “the police immediately hunt down those antisocial elements, irrespective of their caste, creed or ethnic origin, and book them as per law of the land.”