Arunachal students protest outside Chinese embassy, detained
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 04, 2009, 20:25
New Delhi: Over 100 activists of a prominent students body from Arunachal Pradesh were detained on Wednesday when they tried to stage a protest outside the Chinese embassy here against China's claim over the state and demanded better infrastructure and fencing along the border.

"We are very angry at the Chinese claim. That is why we have come all the way from Arunachal Pradesh to protest it," General Secretary of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) Toujum Poyum said.

The activists, protesting against China's claim over the state and the reported construction of a dam across the Brahmaputra river, said the Centre's response to China's aggressive posturing towards the state was "lukewarm".

AAPSU also criticised the Centre for lack of roads and airports in the "strategically important state" and said it must have matching infrastructure to foil any possible Chinese offensive.

"The state despite its immense strategic importance has very little infrastructure. The road connectivity is abysmally poor. We still do not have an airport," AAPSU President Takam Tatung said here.

Demanding fencing along the border, he said the Government must erect fencing as Chinese forces have made several incursions into the state in the recent months.

"The people are living in fear and anxiety. The Government must take steps to ally their apprehension," he said, adding better infrastructure in the forward locations will ensure better surveillance and preparedness.

The Chinese protest over the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Arunachal Pradesh last month had resulted in a war of words between the two countries.

Poyum said there is a feeling of alienation among the people of the state and the Centre must address it.

The group also held a protest yesterday against the Chinese claim over the state and had submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 04, 2009, 20:25

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