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Sue China in ICJ for waging bio-war, Ex-Central minister urges govt

Tuesday - March 31, 2020 10:21 pm , Category : INDIA
Itanagar, March 31 (IANS) A former Central Minister and sitting legislator from Arunachal Pradesh has urged the Indian government to file a case of Biological Warfare against China and ask for compensation.
Senior Congress leader Ninong Ering in a letter to the External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said the Indian government must file a case in international forums such as International Court of Justice (ICJ) against China for waging bio-war and ask for compensation to the tune of $ 22 billion.
Ering, an MLA from Pasighat West assembly constituency, told the External Affairs Minister that a united effort must be undertaken with support of other countries.
"India must unite with other nations on this and also demand an international investigation on Wuhan novel coronavirus in China to ensure safety of the posterity from any such incidents in future," said Ering.
The former Union Minister of Minority Affairs during the Congress government at the Centre said that reliable media reports suggested that China has unleashed a bio-warfare program of Wuhan Coronavirus and put world peace and security at the greatest threat.
"The whole of the world is under lockdown now and it has crumbled the global economies including our country's," Ering said in his two-page letter to the External Affairs Minister.
Expressing his concerns, the 61-year-old politician said : "As a representative of Arunachal Pradesh and northeastern region of India, I would like to share some of the concerns of people related to China. Our state forms an international boundary with China and is under constant threat and fear of Chinese evil deeds."
The senior politician in his letter said that the issue of China providing stapled visas to people of Arunachal Pradesh is not new and China even objects to visit by Prime Minister, Home Minister and Defence Minister to this state.
"In 2018, the water of holy Siang river which is life line of Arunachal Pradesh turned black due to ill-intent projects like dams and tunnels and diversion of waters of Brahmaputra River by the Chinese authorities," Ering said.
Arunachal Pradesh shares 1,080 km borders with China, 520 km with Myanmar and 217 km with Bhutan.

--IANS sc/prs