Even as Mizoram’s Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has called on the Centre to take advantage of the Free Movement Agreement with neighbouring Myanmar, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu has said that the open border agreement with the neighbouring country has created major problems for his state. Khandu has said that ”Arunachal’s three districts that border Myanmar Longding, Tirap and Changlang are adversely affected by the presence of NSCN insurgents in the state”. Khandu has said that the many factions of the NSCN are active in the area. Khandu added, ”The situation has become worse since NSCN (K) was declared an unlawful organisation”. Khandu had made the statement during a meeting of Chief Ministers of the North East states with Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Aizwal, according to an Indian Express report.
Khandu has said that although there are no ongoing insurgent movements in the state, but the state is suffering due to the activities of insurgents who are active in Assam and Nagaland. He said that the security situation in the state is adversely affected due to the presence of insurgents active in Myanmar. The Chief Minister also added that the ceasefire with NSCN (IM) is only applicable in Nagaland, as per an IE report.
Khandu said, ”These insurgent groups are extorting money from politicians, government officials and businessmen. They are also involved in crimes such as murders, abduction for ransom and forceful recruitment”. The CM stressed on the fact that the local people are badly hit by the presence of the insurgents in the state. The CM said that insurgents are extorting money in the name of various taxes such as India tax, house tax and annual tax.
The Arunachal CM has said that he would he would want Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) to be in force in the state for a longer duration. The Centre had extended the duration of AFSPA in these three border districts for three months, according to the Indian Express.