Editorial

Condemnable act

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/18/2019 12:34:48 PM IST

 There have been several incidents involving miscreants across the sensitive Assam-Nagaland border and which had led to heightening of tension, often spilling over to road blockades. In the latest incident that took place on January 16, a driver of a hired Bolero from Assam was reportedly found murdered and the vehicle taken and abandoned at a village in Mokokchung district. The Bolero was hired by some unidentified persons suspected to have murdered the driver whose body was dumped at a place near the border. This incident has sparked outrage in Amguri and Halwating and which now threatens to become a serious border issue. The same area had witnessed a near confrontation between people living on both sides of the border in July 2018. The local MLA of Amguri and Halwating had wanted a police outpost in the border but which fell within Nagaland. This led to a near confrontation but somehow the situation was brought under control. With the latest incident, it is not unlikely that some vested interests would try to exploit the situation. The administrative officers in both Amguri and Tuli would do well to cooperate and jointly carry out investigation into the brutal murder of the driver and detect, arrest and punish the culprits. Border incidents are not necessarily because of an intention to create animosity. They could happen because criminals do not discriminate. However when the situation along the border is sensitive and having the potential to develop into a conflict, the administrative and police of both states need to work with greater cooperation. There are also people on both sides of the border, who want to live in peace as neighbours but again there are also people who want to foment hatred.The particular area in Assam bordering Mokokchung and Mon, has had many trouble makers who have one agenda- to strangulate the activity and economy of people living in those districts. Assam has continued to allege large scale encroachment by the Nagas on these lands.As a point of argument, no landowner can be called and encroacher when he claims and occupies his land. In reality, the historical boundary between the Nagas and Ahoms lie within Sibsagar(now Sivasagar)district in Assam. In the changed circumstance, Nagas understand that though they are the traditional owners of the large tracts of lands that are now within Assam, they are still willing to accept a rational adjustment but the fact that they are the traditional owners of the transferred forests and lands should not be erased from the record. Nagaland has insisted all along, that the 1925 notification cannot be taken as fait accompli as it was done without the knowledge or consent of the Nagas. Accepting the notification would mean that Nagaland has no claim whatsoever. The boundary issue is not only about territory but about history. The boundary is also about historical ties between the Nagas and Ahoms and how they had no issue because of the friendship they enjoyed. Those days of rule by monarchs of chiefs could enable people to live in peace. Today when both governments are chosen by people so why cant they live in peace as they want? Meanwhile, the public and those voluble organizations of Nagaland should voice their anger against the murderers who have brought shame to the people by such heinous crime.

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