AAPSU demands Water Treaty with China

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Chinese explosive materials recovered in Siang river

HT Correspondent

PASIGHAT, Oct 23: Observing the unnatural phenomenon such as change of water quality and constant flood threat the last one and half year, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has demanded the Central government to execute a ‘water treaty’ with neighbouring country China.

AAPSU sources informed that three federal wings of the apex student’s union namely East Siang, Siang and Upper Siang districts are all set to organize protest rally at Pasighat on Wednesday. The protesting organization also stage sit-in-demo at Pasighat market and place a demand to Central government for execution of a well-defined ‘Water treaty’ with China.

The mighty Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh, which supplies plenty water to Brahmaputra in downstream Assam, is flowing down Yarlung Tsangpo in neighbouring country China.

“The recent incident of sudden swelling and receding of Siang water has directly affected on the agriculture fields and natural resources in Siang belt, while it has adversely affected on the aquatic ecosystems in Siang river basin”, advocated AAPSU general secretary Tobom Dai.

Dai, who is a native of East Siang district, recalled that the riverine villagers of Siang valley are living with bleak future with constant fear of flood and other natural calamities. “Unusual wave and change course of Siang river this year already rendered many families homeless at Mebo on left bank of Siang river”, he recalled.

On the other hand, mystery has been shrouds among local people over colourful drums and explosive materials deposited at Siang river basin near Pasighat. The local people are surprised to see more than a dozen of sealed iron barrels and cylinders on the bank of the Siang river.

A huge quantity of explosive-like materials including cylinders, sealed iron barrels was found deposited by the Siang River at Pasighat. People of the Pasighat area were surprised to see more than a dozen of sealed iron barrels and cylinders on the bank of the river. It is still a mystery from where these materials have come.

Sources from Geku said that the cooking gas cylinder was found blue colour and Chinese letters were inscribed in red letter on the body of cylinder. Some of the items were tagged with Chinese label showing index and danger sign, since these letters were in Chinese. Since these labels were written in Chinese language nobody could decipher what was actually written on these labels.

Sources from Pasighat said that they have recovered several empty barrels which might be used for the purpose of carrying fuel or oil etc by the constructing agency who may be engaged for construction works in the Chinese side across the border.

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