AAPSU to boycott R-day celebrations on stapled visa issue in Itanagar

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students`Union has decided to boycott the Republic Day celebrations.

Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 14:03 PM IST

Itanagar: In protest against the issue of
stapled visas to two Arunachalee sportsmen by China and the
"step-motherly" treatment meted out to the state by the
Centre, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students`Union (AAPSU) has
decided to boycott the Republic Day celebrations.

A decision to this effect was taken by the apex students’
body during its central executive body meeting yesterday.

Referring to the "humiliation" meted out to budding
weightlifter Yukar Sibi and his mentor Techi Abraham, who were
disallowed to embark on the invitational trip to the
neighbouring country because of visa row, the AAPSU decided to
boycott all functions of national importance.

By issuing stapled visas to the Arunachalees, China has
virtually challenged Indian rule over Arunachal, AAPSU
president Takam Tatung said in a statement adding that the
Central government’s response has been very lukewarm.

Why did budding sportspersons like Yukar Sibi have to
face such problems for none of his fault? New Delhi and
Beijing should resolve the border issue at earliest so that
Arunachalee citizens do not suffer", he said.

The AAPSU also claimed that Indian government was yet to
seal the border with China despite repeated appeals by them in
the past. Till now, border has been demarcated as per our
tribal customs, the statement said.

Meanwhile the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee
(APCC) in an extended executive body meeting here yesterday
registered its strong protest on the stapled visa issue.

Adopting a resolution in this regard, the party urged
upon AICC president Sonia Gandhi to pursue the Central
government to resolve the issue bilaterally and diplomatically
with China.

PTI