The State Government taken serious exception to the Diyun incident on Monday in which Chakma refugees reportedly attacked locals returning from a hearing on summary revision of electoral rolls injuring at least 30. Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today called a hurried high level meeting at his offices and directed Home Minister Tako Dabi to rush to Diyun to take stock of the situation. Dabi is expected to fly down to Diyum early tomorrow.
Issuing instructions to deploy additional forces to maintain peace and tranquility in the area, Khandu has decided to write a letter to the Election Commission of India on the issue of revision of electoral rolls in Chakma inhabited areas. CMO sources said that Khandu is worried about the latest development as he had been personally keeping a on the refugee imbroglio haunting the state for decades. Earlier, besides taking up the issue with the Centre, he had raised the issue at the 55th National Development Council meeting held at New Delhi on July 24 last under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
A Committee headed by Setong Sena, then speaker of the Legislative Assembly, was constituted in 2007 to study the issue and submit recommendations for a solution. The state government also constituted a nine-member high level committee under the chairmanship of a representative of Union Home Ministry in June last to identify and demarcate the Chakma and Hajong settlement areas in the state. Other members in the Committee are state’s Principal Conservator of Forest, Home Commissioner, IGP, Political Secretary, deputy commissioners of Lohit, Changlang and Papum Pare districts with Deputy Secretary K Riram as officer on special duty to the Committee.
When the chief minister informed the steps initiated by the government today, a Meanwhile, a delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) led by its president Takam Tatung called on the Chief Minister on the Monday incident at Diyun. Later, expressing satisfaction over the steps initiated by the state government, the Union resolved to defer its proposed 12-hour statewide bandh on August 15 for the moment.
Khandu asked the apex students’ body to call off their proposed bandh on Independence Day and assured all out support from government’s end to bring out a permanent solution to the decade long crisis. To this, AAPSU proposed revival of the Core Committee on Chakma issue and asked Khandu to be its Chairman. The Core Committee was formed in 2002 in Namsai after a referendum rally there. The then Chief Minister Mukut Mithi was made its first chairman.
AAPSU leaders asked how Chakmas could be enrolled in the electoral roll when the Union had filed a PIL against it last year and the matter is still subjudice. Khandu replied that the government will be writing a letter to the Election Commission to apprise them on the latest development.