Guwahati, February 5, 2019:
The Nyishi Ethnic Students of Arunachal (NESA) organization has demanded a public apology from Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein for hurting the sentiments of indigenous people by assuring PRC to Non-Arunachal Pradesh STs of Lekang.
The organization has also threatened to call for phase-wise democratic movements from February 4 onwards if the demand for an immediate rollback of the statements assuring the granting of PRC is not issued.
Addressing the media, NESA President, Biri Chattum informed that the organization has already submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh regarding the issue of PRC and all illegal activities happening in the Lekang constituency.
The organization also demanded transfer of incumbent Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Namsai for their failure to control the situation in Lekang.
The NESA President further alleged that authority has failed to impose Unlawful Prevention Activities Act-2014 against the various organizations in Lekang for repeatedly calling ‘bandhs’ and harassing the public.
The spokesperson NESA Byabang Noah Dui added, “We are not against the Non-APST people but we are protecting our rights and we cannot share our rights.” He further informed that if the government fails to withdraw its statement on PRC, NESA will resort to phase -wise democratic movement starting with sit-in dharna on February 4 and indefinite hunger strike from February 13, followed by an Itanagar ‘bandh’ in the next phase.’