|APW opposes proposed visit of China team|
GUWAHATI, April 12 - Voluntary organisation Assam Public Works (APW) has vehemently opposed the proposed three-day visit of a Chinese delegation to the State, which is scheduled to begin from April 15.
The voluntary organisation said in a statement here today that the proposed visit of the Chinese delegation under the leadership of the Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohul is, in fact, meant to assess the impact of the tripartite agreement to dredge the Brahmaputra and to build two express highways along its banks, signed by the Assam government with the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on April 4, the concluding day of the five-day Namami Brahmaputra Festival, on the State’s society.
The proposed visit of the Chinese delegation is planned at the advice of ULFA (Independent) commander-in-chief Paresh Barua and is camouflaged as an academic one. Paresh Barua, who is now protected by the Chinese authorities and provided shelter in China, is very much perturbed at the huge success of the Namami Brahmaputra Festival and the signing of the tripartite agreement on dredging the Brahmaputra.
Significantly, the visit of the Chinese delegation to the State was announced on April 5, the very next day of the conclusion of the Namami Brahmaputra Festival. The Chinese delegation will reportedly try to visit the ‘Chinese Soldiers’ Cemetery in Margherita subdivision of Tinsukia district’ ‘to pay respect to the martyrs,’ which is nothing but a trick to befool the Indian government and the people as well, maintained the voluntary organisation.