ITANAGAR, Aug 3 - With the inter-State boundary row between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam pending with country�s apex court, All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students� Union (AAPBSU) has requested the Centre to bring a lasting and amicable solution to the vexed issue and address the grievances faced by Arunachal people residing along the inter-State boundary.
Describing the Bordoloi Committee Report 1951 as �arbitrary, ex-parte and unilateral�, the AAPBSU has written to Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who is also the MP from Arunachal West constituency to initiate steps for bringing permanent solution to the protracted Arunachal-Assam boundary dispute.
Highlighting the plight of the border people, the AAPBSU said the vexed boundary issue has been like a �Damocles sword� for the people of Arunachal Pradesh residing along the Assam boundary. The act of big brother attitude of Assam upon the people of Arunachal has actually brought in various atrocities, harassment, encroachment of land, etc., violating all the goodwill agreements between the two States which went unabated for last many years.
AAPBSU highlighted that no ground survey was carried out and that the Bordoloi Committee notification dated 23rd February 1951 vide No. TAD/R/35/50/109 never took account or opinion of the stakeholders of tribes of the then excluded area of NEFA. The settlement of hills tribes all along the entire plains area were never taken into consideration rather they were totally kept in the dark. The reserved forest currently under the dominion of Assam ought to have been part and parcel of Arunachal Pradesh as notified when they were part of NEFA, the Union pointed out.
Alleging the Committee of ignorance, the union called for clear, defined and delineated boundary demarcation in accordance with the ground realities i.e. actual occupation, administration and historical facts in comparison to earlier report. It also alleged that the earlier report was made with a calculative motive foreseeing the problems to be caused to the hill tribes of Arunachal, which they have succeeded in many aspects as of now. Thus, such report which aims to cause misery to any living being cannot be relied upon at any cost, the AAPBSU said.
AAPBSU suggested that taking into consideration the political scenario of both Assam and Arunachal Govts under NEDA, it expects that the Central Govt would initiate strong measures to tackle the ongoing boundary issues for peace and tranquility to prevail along the inter-state boundary.