Arunachal denies involvement of militants in border dispute

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday denied any involvement of underground elements in the ongoing impasse on the inter-state boundary at Simhokho in Tirap district adjacent to Assam's Sibsagar district.

Terming the entire episode as man made, Home Minister Tako Dabi claimed that the issue can be resolved at the lowest level without involving the government of both the states.

"We have been monitoring the entire gamut of the issue and found gross deviation of facts as claimed by Assam. The hue and cry raised by the people was the handiwork of people with vested interest from Bimlapur and other adjoining villages of Assam," Dabi told reporters here.

"The media houses in Assam are exaggerating the entire issue hiding the facts and want to show that Arunachal is trying to wage a war with Assam," he claimed.

Giving a chronology of events since August 14 when tension broke out between the two states after an under- construction barrack of Assam police was demolished by miscreants, Dabi said the facts which Assam projected were totally fabricated.

"Politics has been playing a major role in the issue," he alleged.

Stating that Arunachal Pradesh had never at any point of time encroached on an inch of Assam land, Dabi claimed that during the days of greater Assam, lakhs of hectares of Arunachal land were transferred to Assam from erstwhile North East Frontier Agency (now Arunachal) without any discussion with the people.

While appealing to the agitating students' organisations of Assam to remove the economic blockade imposed since Sunday, he called for maintaining status quo by both the sides for restoring peace in the area.