Shillong, April 5: Several Chakma and Hajong organizations on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Home Minister Amit Shah seeking his intervention in stopping racial profiling of the communities in Arunachal Pradesh.
The protesters — from various groups like Arunachal Pradesh Chakma Students Union (APCSU), the Committee for Citizenship Rights of the Chakmas and Hajongs of Arunachal Pradesh (CCRHCAP), Arunachal Pradesh Chakma and Hajong Students Association (APCHSA) and Chakma Development Foundation of India (CDFI) — sat at Jantar Mantar in the Capital with placards and banners which said, “Stop Racial Profiling” and “We Demand Equality And Non-Discrimination”.
In their memorandum to Home Minister Amit Shah, they demanded to immediately stop and abandon the ongoing process of illegal census of Chakmas and Hajongs.
On Tuesday, the training of government enumerators was scheduled to be conducted at Diyun in Changlang district.
“In clear violations of the directions of the National Human Rights Commission against the ongoing racial profiling on 24.01.2022, the Arunachal Pradesh State government officials sought to conduct illegal census and the training of the enumerators is supposed to be held today at Diyun. Chakmas and Hajongs shall not participate in any such illegal census,” said Rup Singh Chakma, president of the APCSU.
“There is need for immediate interventions from Home Minister to bring some sanity to this organised targeting of the worst victims of the descendants of the partition of India,” said Suhas Chakma.