Oppose extortion, kidnappings by militants: Arunachal Governor BD Mishra

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra on Wednesday called upon the people of the insurgency-hit Changlang district to oppose extortions, kidnappings and other illegal activities of the militants coming from outside the State.

The people of the Changlang, Tirap and Longding districts (TLC) should not allow the elements from outside the State to mislead, misguide and confuse the people of the three eastern districts with regard to their constitutional identity and independent tribal status, the Governor said when a delegation from the Changlang district, led by Tirap-Changlang-Longding People’s Forum (TCLPF) president N Changmi, called on him at Raj Bhawan here. The Governor said that the people of the TLC region must be proud of their separate identity as bestowed by the Constitution of India.

Mishra appreciated the initiative of the TCLPF for rising against insurgency in the three districts, an official communiqué informed here.

“Insurgency will not go away till people resist and rise against anti-national, anti-society and illegal activities by the insurgents.

The Government will work better when the people cooperate with the administration and security forces,” he said. The Governor underscored that military operations are conducted only for the security of the people and the nation.

“Insurgency is the main problem of the Changlang, Tirap and Longding districts and it is the root cause of corruption, under-development and insecurity,” the Governor said and urged upon the people of Changlang to oppose extortions, kidnappings and other illegal activities of the militants coming from outside the State.

Commending the progressive mind of the TCLPF, the Governor said that the future of the people is with the State Government.

“The people’s representatives in the State Assembly and the community leaders must work for the underground elements coming overground and joining the mainstream of life,” he said.

Mishra further urged the people of the insurgency-affected districts to reach out to their misguided youth and motivate them to return back to the mainstream, adding that once they surrender, the youth would be given assistance as per Government rules.

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