Itanagar: Concerned over the increasing number of Chakma refugee population in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, the Singpho Development Society (SDS) has urged the state government to immediately conduct a census and prepare a dossier of the original refugees settled and the same be provided to the Centre for their early deportation.
The SDS felt that the increasing number of refugees posed a serious threat to the very existence of indigenous population of the state.
In a memorandum to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki yesterday, the SDS narrated the Chakmas alleged extremities including the recent violent incidents at Mpen, Miao town and two other Singpho villages.
We are deeply concerned by the sudden influx of the illegal Chakma migrants into our place. The ever increasing crime graphs of our area can be directly attributed to the illegal migration", the society said in the memorandum.
Further claiming that the Chakmas have allegedly moved out of their assigned settlement blocks and encroached upon forest reserve and destroyed the green covers of Manabhum hill, thereby creating ecological imbalance in the area, the memorandum demanded the government to take necessary steps to demarcate their settlement blocks so that they remain confined in their respective blocks.
Moreover, illegal migrants from Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Bangladesh have entered into these settlement areas and were mixing with the existing population who were permitted to settle in Arunachal.
Consequently, Manabhum reserve forest has become an asylum for these illegal migrants as well as anti-social elements.
Urging the government to appoint Political Officer for keeping eyes on the movement of Chakmas, the Society said: Strict vigil at the check gate is the need of the hour.