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Assam yet to return Nagaland map: Patton
Published on 20 Feb. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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Parliamentary secretary for geology and mining, irrigation and flood control, border affairs, Y. Patton said the border issue with Assam cannot be resolved as long as Assam government did not return Nagaland’s original map which was reported lost from their end. He said the border issue with Assam was in Supreme Court (SC). But whether it is out of the court settlement or court settlement, nothing could be progressed unless Assam returned the original map to Nagaland, Patton told NEPS on Friday He, however, said Assam government has assured the state to find the misplaced Nagaland’s original map and return at the earliest. Patton also disclosed that land encroachments from Assam side particularly in Wokha and Mokokchung sectors were still going on. He said, on one occasion, Assam public along with Assam police encroached Nagaland area in Anaki village under Tuli. “We had protested many a times with our counterpart about the development,” he said. “But whenever we protested, our counterpart too claimed about their land encroachment from Nagaland side,” he added. He reiterated that all these border issues with Assam would come to end once they settled the border issue. “But until and unless Assam provides us our original map, we cannot do anything,” he added. He hoped that Assam would return it (Nagaland’s original map) sooner than later, as they had already assured the state.

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