Blockade temporarily suspended

Blockade temporarily suspended
Trucks stranded during the blockade on Tuesday. (KA Today)
Correspondent/Staff Reporter DIPHU/DIMAPUR, NOV 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/17/2020 12:50:36 PM IST

After a joint meeting between the deputy commissioners of Dimapur and Karbi Anglong, including commissioner of police Dimapur and other officials from Karbi Anglong on Tuesday, various organisations in Karbi Anglong have decided to temporarily suspend the indefinite economic blockade on Nagaland that began on Tuesday.

A member of the KSA informed Nagaland Post that the blockade was temporarily suspended on Tuesday evening as the organizations have been called for a meeting with the DC and SP Karbi Anglong on Wednesday.

The KSA member said a decision on whether or not to resume the indefinite economic bandh will be made after the outcome of the meeting with the DC and SP.

Earlier during the day, hundreds of volunteers under the banner of KSA blocked the highway at Dillai and Sarihajan under Bokajan subdivision, barring entry of goods-laden trucks and other vehicles from entering Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland. 

However, Dimapur Police sources said commercial vehicles arrived Dimapur without mishap. No untoward incidents were reported till the filing of this report. 

The economic blockade was called in protest against alleged illegal encroachment inside Karbi Anglong Daldali reserve forest by people from Nagaland. The Karbi organizations had demanded that the state governments of Assam and Nagaland along with Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council (KAADC) hold a tripartite meeting to resolve the border issue.

Dimapur, KA officials meet: Dimapur district officials led by deputy commissioner (DC) and commissioner of police (CP) and Karbi Anglong officials led by the deputy commissioner visited the disputed areas on Tuesday after which a meeting was held at DC’s Conference hall, Dimapur. 

According to Dimapur district administration, DC Karbi Anglong, during the meeting, maintained that the boundary of Daldali reserve forest and the encroached spot was under reserve forest area.

However, deputy commissioner Dimapur maintained that the boundary, as per British map, was not accepted by Nagaland side and that the case was sub judice as it remains with the Supreme Court. DC Dimapur also maintained that the activities at the site objected to by Karbi Anglong, was well within the mutually accepted settlement area on Nagaland side.

However, as all activities along the border had been halted till further discussion by both sides, DC Dimapur said he urged his counterpart to intervene and ask the organizations to call off the economic blockade on Nagaland as the issue was being dealt at the official level.

Both sides discussed on the need to normalise the situation arising out of alleged encroachment on KA land from Nagaland side and the illegal economic bandh imposed by several Karbi organisations.

It was learnt that DC Karbi Anglong reportedly agreed to urge upon the bandh organisers to call off the blockade while also urging his Dimapur counterpart to prevent any further encroachment from Nagaland side. Both sides also agreed to maintain status quo at the disputed area.

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