"We Are Indians": Protests Break Out In Arunachal Pradesh Over Chinese Village

The village lies in the Upper Subansiri district, an area which has been long disputed by India and China and has been marked by armed conflict.

The protesters raised slogans like "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "We Are Indians".

Guwahati:

Protests have broken among section of people in Arunachal Pradesh's Upper Subansiri District following NDTV's expose of China having constructed a whole new village on territory that part of the state. Locals carried out a march today, carrying placards and burning effigies of Chinese President Xi Jinping even as they raised various pro-India, anti-China slogans.

On Monday, it was reported that China had constructed a new village in Arunachal Pradesh, around 4.5 kilometres inside of the de facto border on the Indian side. The village consists of about 101 homes, satellite images accessed exclusively by NDTV show.

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Though this area is Indian territory, according to official government maps, it has been in effective Chinese control since 1959. However, earlier only a Chinese military post existed, but this time a full-fledged village that can house thousands has been built.

The village, located on the banks of the River Tsari Chu, lies in the Upper Subansiri district, an area which has been long disputed by India and China and has been marked by armed conflict.

Local leaders say that China has increased activities in other parts of the border as well. China claims much of Arunachal Pradesh.

On January 19, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu met Prime Minister modi and urged him to prioritise development of the border area.

Today, locals of Upper Subansiri district took part in the protest organised here at Daporijo town by various youth and other organisations such as the All Tagin Youth Organization, the All Giba Circle Vigilance Forum, and New Market Welfare Association.

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Those who marched in protest raised slogans such as "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", "We Are Indians", and "China Go Back". They carried banners and placards, too, expressing similar sentiments. At the end of the march, they burnt the effigy of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Damkesh Maying, president, of the All Tagin Youth Organisation, said, "We are very thankful to NDTV for exposing China. Our appeal to Modi ji is that he has to stop this Chinese design of taking away our land inch by inch."

"We want the government to act on this. It will be better for our politicians, MPs, and ministers to stop the blame-counter blame game, because whichever government was in power, may it be the BJP or the Congress, they are accountable. We have remain neglected area for 70 years," said Lardik Kare, General Secretary of the Tagin Cultural Society, one of the organisers of the protest.

Similarly, Pasighat MLA Ninong Ering said he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about roads being build in the Anini sector by the Chinese beyond our last ITBP post at Dembem.

"If the Centre does not look into it, then, in future, Arunachal Pradesh and the nation might have to face a challenging situation," Mr Ering said.