Guwahati: The banned insurgent outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) has asked the Arunachal Pradesh government to grant permanent residence certificates (PRCs) to the Assamese people residing in the state for a long time.
In a letter emailed to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, ULFA (I) military chief Paresh Baruah said the Assamese people have been denied their right to obtain PRCs despite living in the frontier State for generations, even before the North-East Frontier Agency came into existence in 1951. The area under this agency became Arunachal Pradesh.
“Arunachal Pradesh has always been kind to its Assamese-speaking community over the years. However, Assamese speakers, who are natives of the land… are now in danger of expatriation,” Baruah said in the letter.
He said the legacies of countless Assamese families were now being questioned and reduced to a piece of paper.
“The native Assamese speakers of Arunachal Pradesh have been denied the right to obtain their PRCs,” he pointed out.
“Therefore, I would like to humbly request the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh to not let the heritage of countless Assamese families be decimated,” Baruah said. The Assamese communities living in Arunachal Pradesh include the Morans, Ahoms, Deoris, Adivasis and Kacharis.