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AASU blocks Arunachal Pradesh border
Published on 22 Aug. 2010 12:36 AM IST
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A large number of vehicles were stranded after an indefinite economic blockade was launched today on the border with Arunachal Pradesh in Sibsagar district by the influential AASU and other organisations protesting violence by miscreants backed by the NSCN (I-M) for the past one week.
Roads leading to Arunachal Pradesh at Charaipung and Bimolapur in Sibsagar district and Joypur in Dibrugarh district were blocked by thousands of people, official sources said. “We don’t accept the NSCN-IM’s ‘Greater Nagalim’. We will not give an inch of our land. We had met Isak Muivah (IM) at his camp in Nagaland and conveyed our stand to him,” AASU General Secretary Tapan Gogoi told reporters.
Yesterday, a police constable was injured after miscreants backed by NSCN (I-M) militants fired at Charaipung area in the district, the sources said. The insurgents and miscreants have been raiding and resorting to firing and arson since August 14 and set ablaze several houses and attacked police pickets in Charaipung and Bimolapur area, the sources said. On August 18, there was an exchange of fire in Charaipung between militants and security forces and many local residents were forced to flee their homes, the sources said.
“The entire game plan is to terrorise the villagers and encroach on Assam land to set up permanent structures by people from Arunachal Pradesh. By helping the locals, the NSCN-IM is desperately trying to set up some foothold in the area for safe base inside Arunachal Pradesh,” a senior police official said.
Though no fresh attack was reported today, there was tension in the area.
Local people claimed that a group of 50 to 60 NSCN (I-M) insurgents were camping in the forests of Arunachal Pradesh across Charaipung subdivision to launch fresh attacks. There was, however, no official confirmation of the allegation. Assam Law minister Pranab Gogoi and Arunachal Pradesh Home minister Tako Dabi held a meeting to resolve the border tension in the disputed Bimolapur area of Charaipung subdivision and decided to instill confidence building measures and restore peace. Patrolling was intensified and an Assam police picket was posted in the area.

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