The Kuhuboto Aghunaqha Khaghaboto (KAK) union delegation met with the mediators for Assam-Nagaland boundary disputes appointed by Supreme Court of India Sriram Panchu and Niranjan Bhatt and assistant mediators Aparana Vasu and Priyadarshini Vakil on November 19 at Kohima.
KAK union delegation comprised of president Showoto Yeptho, vice president Viheshe Chishi, treasurer Tokuho Suhoi Neho and member Kaoto Aye.
During the meet, the villagers apprised the visiting delegates and urged them to take steps to tackle the boundary disputes between Assam and Nagaland.
A representation submitted to the delegates was read out by Tokuho Neho, who stated that state of Nagaland was carved out from Assam in 1963 as per the 16 Point
Agreement of July 1960. However, he added that Clause 12 &13 of the agreement was yet to be implemented.
The representation also referred to 9 Point Agreement of June 27-29, 1947 wherein the then governor of Assam Akbar Hydari stated in Clause 6 “…the present administrative divisions should be modified so as to bring back into the Naga Hills District all the forest transferred to Sibsagar and Nowgoan districts in the past and to bring under the unified administrative unit, as far as possible, all Nagas.
All areas so included be within the scope of the present proposed agreement. No area should be transferred out of the Naga Hills without the consent of the Naga Hills/without the consent of the Naga National Council.”
Tokuho affirmed that to the discontentment to Naga people, Gopinath Bordoloi, the then Governor of Assam declared the agreement as invalid in 1949, and the land that was supposed to be transferred after 10 years as per 9 Point Agreement and 16 Point (an agreement Clause) has not been materialized till date and cited this was the reason why peaceful co- existence between the two states have slowed down.
The representation also alleged that the “infamous” 1925 notification of Hammid, the then DFO of Assam in 1925 was done purely for administrative convenience and without the knowledge and consent of the Nagas.
Asserting that the Nagas’ claim were based on 9 and 16 point agreement, Tokuho said if Nagas were to revert to the historical boundary between Assam and Nagaland, North Lakhimpur, Sivasagar up to Dikhu were the areas paying taxes to independent Naga village till some time in 1972, and was officially recognized by the Ahom Kings.
“Besides, there have been other agreements in 1972, 1979 and 1985 but Assam government has never upheld the agreement but used the CRPF, known as neutral force to harass the Naga people who are also bonafide citizens of India”, Tokuho added.
Stressing on illegal Bangladeshi migrant issue of Assam, KAK union delegation stated that various NGOs of Assam and Government of Assam on the pretext of putting in efforts to deport illegal migrants back to Bangladesh, have been pushing illegal migrants to the border areas by way of enrolling them in Census of India and electoral roll of Assam.
KAK further alleged Assam has been pushing Bangladeshi migrants to the Disturbed Area Belt (DAB) and creating unwanted situation and often resulting in communal conflicts on many occasions.
KAK said as bonafide citizens of India and rightful owners of the land, the team longed for peaceful coexistence with Assam, and not with illegal Bangladeshi migrants.