This news release appeared at Eastern Sentinel (18th Aug 2017). I pick up two observations from this information. First, the administration is careless. Without even casual checking, affidavits were signed. Second, the Settlers are trying to create false “proofs” of their age. Whatever the be the motivation for making up their false swearing, only time will tell.
ITANAGAR, Aug 18:The All Yobin Students Union in a memorandum submitted to Deputy Commissioner, Miao has expressed strong objection over the rampant issuance of Birth Certificates by district administration, based on false declaration of affidavits by individuals, who claim themselves to be ex-Assam Rifles settlers.
The Union disclosed that ex-Assam Rifles mostly comprising of non- indigenous people were given temporary settlement in Vijaynagar Circle by uprooting the tribal villages during Northeast Frontier Agency (NEFA) Period.
However, the union alleged that presently few have started to claim themselves to be born in the area prior to the settlement of local tribals and ownership of land.
Upset over inaction of concern Additional Deputy Commissioner towards the issue, the union questioned the ADC for allowing them to settle in the tribal areas violating the Bengal Frontier Regulation Act, 1873.
Terming such development as threat to existence of locals, the Union opined that thorough inquiry needs to be done to unearth the truth and bring it to light and demanded the DC to initiate probe into the matter.