GUWAHATI: The Northeast Students’ Organisation (NESO) has demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate action against the construction of a village by China in Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Subansiri district.
On Thursday, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) staged a sit-in protest at Indira Gandhi Park in the state capital Itanagar. Similar protests were also ongoing at Daporijo, the district headquarters of Upper Subansiri.
Arunachal Pradesh has been witnessing similar protests since the matter came to light. Student activists and locals demanded that the Centre should ‘act tough’. Protesters had carried out a march with placards, raising anti-China slogans and burnt effigies of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
NESO advisor, Samujjal Bhattacharjya said, “NESO expresses strong resentment against the Centre’s inaction on the construction of a village by China in Arunachal Pradesh. We demand immediate intervention from the government of India to protect the state from external threat.”
AAPSU also urged MPs from Arunachal Pradesh to raise the issue with the PM.
Early this month, it was reported that China had constructed a new village in Arunachal Pradesh, around 4.5 kilometers inside of the de facto border on the Indian side. Satellite images by US-based imaging company Planet Labs showed over 100 homes in the area.
Though the Centre said that it has been closely monitoring the development at the Arunachal Pradesh borders, China claimed that the area in Arunachal Pradesh is part of southern Tibet.
Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of national security after reports that China has built a village in Arunachal Pradesh.
“Remember his promise – ‘मैं देश झुकने नहीं दूँगा’ (Will not let the country bow),” Mr. Gandhi said on Twitter as he posted a link of a news report about the alleged “Chinese village”.