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Dmu, KA DCs discuss trans-border crimes
Staff Reporter Bokajan, Feb 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Feb. 2009 1:39 AM IST
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The district administrations of Dimapur district and Karbi Anglong district of Assam have agreed to share information and intelligence to curb illegal activities such as drugs and arms smuggling, vehicle theft etc in the border areas and if need be conduct joint patrolling by the police forces of the two states. The border coordination meeting held for the first time between the administration and police of the two border districts at Guest House, CCI, Bokajan on Friday also called for close cooperation and intelligence sharing between the administration and police of the two districts. DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier while acknowledging the Karbi Anglong district administration’s initiative for calling the meeting strongly opposed to the existence of numerous liquor shops and booze joints in close proximity of New Field check gate at Lahorijan, complaining that such liquor shops and booze joints were taking a heavy toll on the life of many a Naga youth. He demanded that these liquor shops and booze joints be removed from the border areas and shifted to other locations. Maonwati also urged 155 Bn CRPF to keep strict vigil in Homeland area under Niuland sub-division to contain activities of the underground cadres. In his reply DC Karbi Anglong MC Sahu informed that respecting the sentiments of the Naga people he had already recommended to the Assam government for relocation of the booze joints from border area of Lahorijan. SP Karbi Anglong KK Sharma instructed SDPO Bokajan to arrest those who come to Lahorijan from across the border for drinking purposes and hand over them to Nagaland police. At the meeting, the Karbi Anglong district administration raised a five-point agenda opposing construction of the RCC bridge over Lengri stream connecting LRC colony of Dimapur and Karagaon area of Assam and attempt to construct an RCC bridge connecting Borlengri area of Assam with LRC Duncan Bosti of Dimapur. Sahu said proper approval has to be obtained from both the state governments of Assam and Nagaland for construction of any bridge over Lengri stream which is de facto inter-state boundary. He also sought to know if the bridge was constructed with permission from the authorities of Nagaland government. Sahu also alleged that the bridge was constructed with financial support from an NSCN-IM functionary and that the committee formed to construct the bridge was collecting tax tax from vehicles pasting through the bridge at the rate of Rs 300 to Rs 500. He however asserted that he was not opposed to the construction of the bridge, but said it should be done with proper approval from the authorities concerned. In his reply, DC Dimapur said construction of the bridge was in the interest of the people of the border areas of the two states. The Karbi Anglong district administration also complained of ‘NSCN/GPRN’ cadres from its camp at New Colony, Burma Camp, creating trouble in the areas of Assam bordering Nagaland. Clarifying that there was no camp of any underground group at Burma Camp, DC Dimapur and SP Dimapur Liremo Lotha informed that as per the Standard Operating Procedure under ceasefire ground rules, Dimapur police and security forces carried out a number of operations to flush out the underground cadres from the area even as they admitted that some cadres may venture out from their designated camps to the area. The Karbi Anglong district administration also complained of encroachment of land by Naga public at Daldali Reserve Forest and informed that eight houses and a church was demolished by Assam police in presence of a magistrate in the area. DFO Karbi Anglong RK Daila also displayed a map claiming that the Daldali Reserve Forest falls well under Assam and that encroachment of the forest land was illegal. Countering the Karbi Anglong district authorities claim, Land Record and Revenue department officials of Nagaland also displayed a map showing that the area in question falls under Nagaland. DC Dimapur urged that no more demolition should be carried out in the area until a joint team of both the districts conducts a survey to verify whether the area falls in Assam or Nagaland to which DC Karbi Anglong agreed. Both the district administrations also decided to conduct a joint survey of the area tomorrow. The Karbi Anglong district administration also cited a umber of instances of illegal activities carried out in the border areas. Both the district administrations also decided to meet on a regular basis to remove any misunderstanding and for close cooperation. The next meeting will be held at the conference hall of DC Dimapur on April 8. Besides DC and SP Dimapur, ADC Niuland and border magistrates of Niuland and Homeland also attended the meeting while Karbi Anglong district was represented by its DC, SP, DFO, SDO (C) PK Gogoi, SDPO Bokajan CK Gogoi.

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