Kimin is in Arunachal

Arunachal, June 26: Youth organisation the All Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Student’s Union (AAPATSU), led by its president Langpu Apon Maru, has lodged an FIR against chief minister Pema Khandu for allegedly passing off the state’s Kimin town as part of Assam.

Various organisations have taken offence to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) “renaming” Kimin, a small Arunachal Pradesh town 75 km from State capital Itanagar, as Bilgarh and showing it as a part of Assam. This happened when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 20 km Kimin-Potin and 11 other road projects handled by the BRO on June 17.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Students’ Union said in the FIR on June 24 that Mr Khandu connived with the BRO authority “to cede the Kimin-Potin portion of Arunachal Pradesh to Assam”. It also claimed to possess evidence to proceed against the Chief Minister in any competent court.

Kimin, which is about 75 km from Itanagar, is in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh. However, during the inauguration programme of the 12 road projects by the defence minister on June 17, the BRO had allegedly passed off the place as Bilgarh in Assam.

The Save Arunachal Youth Association, on the other hand, demanded the suspension of Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu for his alleged involvement in the “renaming” episode.

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It claimed that the BRO had intimated Mr Ligu before the inauguration of the Kimin-Potin road, clearly mentioning that the programme was being held at Bilgarh, Assam. It said the Deputy Commissioner did not make any effort to rectify the BRO’s mistake, deliberate or otherwise.

Further claiming that it has prima facie evidence against the chief minister “to proceed against him in any competent court,” the union demanded to know why the CM “betrayed the people of the state.”

The association also gave the Chief Minister a 10-day deadline to suspend the Deputy Commissioner or face a stir.