Justice will be done if land is returned to Arunachal: Byaling

Arunachal Pradesh government on Friday said that justice will be done to the state in the border dispute case with Assam if at least 50 per cent of the 3,000 sq km allegedly occupied land is returned to it.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014, 18:05 PM IST

Daporijo: Arunachal Pradesh government on Friday said that justice will be done to the state in the border dispute case with Assam if at least 50 per cent of the 3,000 sq km allegedly occupied land is returned to it.

"Assam had taken over more than 3,000 sq km of our land. So justice will be done if at least 50 per cent of this land is returned to us again," state Home Minister Tanga Byaling said.

He was reacting to Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju's remarks that the Union Home Ministry will ensure implementation of the Supreme Court verdict whenever it is delivered.

The apex court will hear the case on September 12 and any future step after the verdict is announced will be taken "collectively by all in Arunachal Pradesh government", he said.

The Arunachal Home Minister claimed that during formation of Arunachal Pradesh from the erstwhile North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA), Assam had notified the land parcel as theirs "without our knowledge and the problem started from there".

Yesterday, Rijiju had said: "We will ask the Solicitor General to pursue the border case in the Supreme Court so that a verdict can be received soon. Once the verdict is delivered, the Home Ministry will ensure implementation of it."

He had also informed that the Centre instructed both Assam and Arunachal governments to have joint patrolling in the border areas so that no major incident takes place along the inter-state border till the Supreme Court gives a verdict.

Assam had filed a case in the Supreme Court in 1989 against Arunachal Pradesh alleging encroachment of land and for demarcation of boundaries between the two states.

The apex court then appointed a Local Commission for identification of the boundaries of Assam-Arunachal Pradesh. The Commission has reportedly submitted its final report in June 2014.