Blockade at Mariani on Mkg continues

Blockade at Mariani on Mkg continues
(L) People gathered at Tsutapela check gate and (R) Tsurangkong Range Naga Youth Front volunteers on Friday.
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, NOV 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/20/2020 11:36:00 AM IST

Tension along the state border between Nagaland and Assam remained high as volunteers from Assam side continued with their economic blockade on the vital Mariani-Mokokchung road since November 15.

Several Assam-based organisations imposed the blockade on Nagaland at Mariani-Nagajanka road in Jorhat district. Vehicles travelling to and from Nagaland were not allowed to cross the border between the two states.

When contacted, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mokokchung Limawabang Jamir confirmed to Nagaland Post that the blockade at the inter-State border continued till Friday. Even though the situation was tense, the DC said there has no untoward incident.

 Limawabang also informed that he was in touch with his Jorhat counterpart and had proposed to hold a meeting to de-escalate the tension.

On Friday, there was a commotion at Tsutapela check gate as people from neighbouring areas gathered at the gate. Over 50 volunteers of Tsurangkong Range Naga Youth Front (TRNYF) also reached the spot. A meeting was held with the district administration and police officials at the check gate. Later, the TRNYF volunteers also visited Aosenden village.

It may be recalled that the issue escalated after Assam accused Nagaland of setting up a police camp inside Dissoi Valley Reserved Forest on November 10. 

In a move meant to deploy police, Assam deployed its armed police to the area and also erected a temporary camp near the spot. The Assam Police continues to maintain the position.

TRNYF warns: Earlier, TRNYF had warned that it “will take its own course of action to protect and safeguard the ancestral land of the Nagas and the state government of Assam will be held solely responsible for any untoward incidences that may arise in our fight against the illegal blockade.”

TRNYF president, Bendangwati and secretary, Shiluyongdang reminded that the front had submitted a memorandum to the state governments of Nagaland and Assam through the DC Mokokchung, to clear the economic blockade by November 20, 6 a.m., that was imposed by “some unknown miscreants since November 15, 2020 at New Sonowal Assam.”

TRNYF said it had also urged Nagaland and Assam governments resolve the boundary issue at the earliest. The front also reiterated “Tsurangkong Range under Mokokchung district is our ancestral land and that the traditional boundary cannot be altered in any manner.”

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