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Durpai Development Committee Rejects Looping System in Assam-Arunachal Boundary Dispute

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The Durpai Development Committee (DDC) in Arunachal Pradesh’s Lower Siang district has vehemently rejected the proposed looping system as a solution to the longstanding boundary dispute with Assam. In a press conference held on Saturday, the DDC asserted that the looping system was unacceptable, citing the village of Durpai as the oldest in Kangku Circle, inhabited by the Ahoms for centuries.

Regi Bui, the General Secretary of DDC, emphasized that Durpai’s residents possess documents proving their historical connection with Arunachal Pradesh, including records of revenue payments to the state and timber permits issued by Arunachal authorities. He expressed concern that Durpai had been transferred to Assam under the looping system outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The DDC has urged the government to rectify the looping system and instead adopt the ‘as is where is’ principle to address the boundary dispute. The committee has also issued a warning, threatening to boycott the revisit of the regional boundary committee and resort to agitation if their demands go unmet.

The Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border dispute, spanning nearly 800 kilometers and involving 123 boundary villages across 12 districts of Arunachal and eight districts of Assam, has persisted for decades, posing a complex challenge for both states.