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Assam-Arunachal border clash: 5 injured;assam blames NSCN(I-M)for tension
Published on 30 Aug. 2010 12:19 AM IST
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Five Arunachali people were injured and a vehicle was damaged during a clash in the border area of Assam-Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday, police said.
According to reports, five Arunachali people of Nishi tribes were injured during a clash with Assamese people, and a vehicle was also damaged in Santipur area under Sadia police station in Tinsukia district along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in the morning.
‘’Five Nishi tribal people were going to Itanagar from lower Rowing area of Arunachal Pradesh in a vehicle and when they reached Santipur area, villagers blocked them and questioned about the killing of one Gongaram Patir’s daughter, who was married with a Nishi tribal youth of lower Rowing recently,’’ a police official said according to India Blooms News Service report.
The Nishi people on being challenged, threatened the villagers by showing arms leading to a clash. The Nishi people were beaten up and their vehicle was damaged. Security forces rushed to the spot to control the situation. The injured were rushed to hospital.
Assam takes up NSCN (I-M) issue with Centre
The Assam Government has taken up with the Centre the issue of involvement of militants belonging to the NSCN (I-M) in creating disturbance in Assam, Assam Tribune report said. Moreover, all the district Superintendents of Police have been issued instructions to deal firmly with any NSCN cadres found to be indulging in any illegal activity.
Assam government spokesman and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told The Assam Tribune that as the NSCN (I-M) is under cease-fire agreement with the government of India, the state government has taken up the issue of involvement of the members of the outfit in the recent border trouble with the Centre.
He said that on earlier occasions also, the state government informed the Centre of the involvement of NSCN (I-M) cadres in extortions as well as in creating trouble along the inter-State boundary areas.
Sarma said that the state government has issued clear instructions to the police forces of all the districts to take strong action against any NSCN (I-M) cadre found to be indulging in any unlawful activity within the geographical territory of Assam. He pointed out that the ceasefire agreement with the NSCN is applicable only in Nagaland and if any member of the outfit is found to be indulging in any illegal activity, he would be treated as any other militant.
Sarma pointed out that chief minister Tarun Gogoi had strongly opposed the Centre’s proposal to extend the cease-fire agreement with NSCN to Assam as such a move would have given the members of the militant outfit the licence to create more trouble in the State.
Way back in 2001, the then Union Home Minister LK Advani had mooted a proposal to extend the cease-fire agreement with the NSCN to Assam and other neighbouring States, but the Chief Minister strongly opposed the proposal, he added.
Sarma admitted that there have been instances of extortion by NSCN cadres in North Cachar Hills district and operations have been launched against those involved. He revealed that the NSCN cadres also tried to extort money from the people of Assam living in the areas bordering Nagaland and a good number of people were served with demand notes. “However, the Assam Government has issued instructions to the Deputy Commissioners of the concerned districts to mobilize people to refuse payment to the NSCN and a close watch on the situation is being maintained by police and security forces,” he added. He also asserted that the state government would never allow the NSCN to extort money from the people of Assam and strong action would be taken against anyone found to be making such attempts.

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