Guwahati, April 15: Protests greeted Chinese envoy to India, Luo Zhaohul, on Saturday when he visited a Chinese war cemetery at Lekhapani in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district.
Zhaohul was accompanied by his wife, a Xinhua reporter and five members of the Chinese embassy in India.
“As they (Chinese team) were offering prayers, activists of some organisations staged silent protests near the cemetery against the construction of big dams (on the Yarlung Tsangpo river in China),” Tinsukia superintendent of police, Mugdhajyoti Mahanta said.
Yarlung Tsangpo is the Brahmaputra in India. Mahanta said the team would leave for Delhi from Dibrugarh on Sunday after spending the night in Tinsukia.
Earlier, the Assam Public Works (APW), an NGO, had urged the Central government not to allow the diplomatic team to visit the State. It had alleged that the envoy was coming to study the Brahmaputra following the Centre’s decision to dredge the 841 km stretch of the river in Assam.
The APW had also alleged that China was sending the diplomats as advised by insurgent group United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) “commander-in-chief” Paresh Baruah. He is believed to be operating from somewhere along China-Myanmar border and the Assam police often claimed that he had been in constant touch with sleuths of Chinese spy agencies.
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