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Why Arunachal students are upset

K Anurag in Guwahati | February 08, 2008 16:39 IST

Two bordering districts of Arunachal Pradesh -- Tirap and Changlang -- are bearing the brunt of illegal activities of the two factions of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim that are in truce with the government of India within Nagaland.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has expressed anguish over the activities of the NSCN factions -- NSCN-IM and NSCN-K -- in the two districts having border with Myanmar where the Naga rebels have their bases.

The AAPSU has lamented the failure of Arunachal Pradesh government in curbing illegal activities of the NSCN rebels which, it said, should not have any business within the territory of Arunachal Pradesh.

The tension that was simmering in the two Arunachal Pradesh district because of presence and actions of NSCN rebels manifested into an outburst from the AAPSU in the wake of alleged abduction of 39 students from six villages of Tirap district last month by the NSCN-K militants and the students have remained untraced till date.

The AAPSU on Tuesday set a ten-day deadline for Arunachal Pradesh government to rescue the abducted students from the clutches of the NSCN-K, which has chosen to keep mum over the entire episode.

The AAPSU has threatened to launch a statewide movement in case the government fails to meet the deadline.

AAPSU president Kanu Bagang informed that armed NSCN-K militants abducted 22 school students at gun point from their houses at Wakka and Chingkhow villages under Ponchu police station of Tirap district on January 9 last. A fortnight later, the same group kidnapped another 17 school students from Khasa, Jagan, Konnu and Konsa villages under Longding police station of the same district.

Arunachal Pradesh police, however, claimed that 13 of the abducted children came back home, but no details were given. The AAPSU, which has submitted a memorandum to newly-appointed governor General (Retd) J J Singh, contradicts the police claim saying that all the 39 students remained untraced.

AAPSU adviser and North East Students Organisation general secretary Gunjum Haider alleged that both the NSCN-K and NSCN-IM had been creating panic among people in Tirap and Changlang districts.