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‘Arunachal people against citizenship to refugees’

The All-Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union has made it clear to the Centre that people of the State will not accept citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees at any cost, an AAPSU release stated on Friday.

The students’ body attended the Joint High Power Committee meeting on the vexed Chakma-Hajong issue in New Delhi on Thursday, which was chaired by Joint Secretary (Northeast) Satyendra Garg, the release said.

AAPSU president Hawa Bagang told representatives of the Union Home Ministry that citizenship to the Chakma-Hajong refugees “will never be acceptable to the people of Arunachal Pradesh”.

He also highlighted the “atrocities committed by the refugees against the indigenous people” and doubted the Centre’s “sincerity in resolving the issue”, the release said.

The student body’s general secretary Tobom Dai told the Chakma-Hajong delegations, that also took part in the meeting, to consider citizenship outside the territory of Arunachal Pradesh without preconditions.

“Unrelenting attitude (of the Chakma-Hajongs) asking for citizenship within Arunachal Pradesh will boomerang and the people of the State will never accept it,” Mr. Dai said.

Meeting held

The meeting was convened as a follow-up to AAPSU’s demand in June last year here, seeking an early solution to the contentious refugee issue, the release added.

An all-party meeting convened by CM Pema Khandu on June 19, 2017, had decided to move the Union Home Ministry to revive the Joint High Powered Committee on the refugee issue.

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