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Economic blockade on Nagaland from Nov 17

Economic blockade on Nagaland from Nov 17
Dillai check gate, one of the main entry point to Dimapur. (NP)
Correspondent/Agencies DIPHU, NOV 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/15/2020 1:00:40 PM IST

Various Karbi Anglong based civil society organizations led by Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) on Sunday decided to call for an indefinite economic blockade on Nagaland starting from November 17 in protest against alleged illegal encroachment by people from neighbouring Nagaland.

Movement of all trucks/vehicles carrying essential items will be prohibited.

On Thursday, Karbi Students’ Association, United Karbi Anglong Women Association, Karbi Anglong Women Justice Forum, Students and Youth Council and Hills Progressive Youth Association among others alleged that encroachment inside Daldali reserved forest had been taking place under the patronage of Nagaland government. 

In this regard, the organizations had demanded for a tripartite talk between governments of Assam, Nagaland and Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council to deliberate and resolve the border issue.

Addressing a press meet here on Thursday, Simeon Rongphar-led KSA had warned of imposing a ‘four-hour’ economic blockade on November 20 if the Assam and Nagaland governments including KAAC failed to convene a meeting to discuss about the border problem.

However, after a joint meeting of the Bijoy Bey-led KSA, Rongphar-led KSA and other organizations held here on Sunday, the house decided to call for an indefinite blockade against Nagaland from November 17.

They said that the blockade has been called to protest against unabated illegal encroachment inside Karbi Anglong. They said that the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and the Assam government had also failed to protect its own land. The organizations also put forth several demands that include eviction of all illegal occupants/encroachment inside Daldali reserved forest, disconnecting power supply allegedly being provided to some occupants by Nagaland government inside Karbi Anglong, removal of Nagaland police personnel near border pillars no. 1 & 2 etc.

They also alleged that encroachment activities by people from neighbouring state had increased since October last. They also alleged that encroachers frequently entered the district’s Daldali Reserve Forest to cut down trees.

A group of Assam officials led by deputy commissioner (DC) Karbi Anglong, Superintendent of Police, Chief Conservator of Forest and others visited the disputed area of the border on Saturday. DC Karbi Anglong requested his Dimapur counterpart for an official meeting to sort out the issue at official level. 

Karbi Anglong forest officials have also raised concern over continuous encroachment by people from Nagaland by removing pillars demarcating the border between the two States.

On Wednesday, assistant conservator of forest, Karbi Anglong, Prahalad Kro along with sub-divisional police officer Bokajan, John Das, during the border survey/inspection, observed substantial destruction of forest areas inside Karbi Anglong. The officials also took note that most of the inhabitants were allegedly issued land pattas by Nagaland government.

John Das stated that the whole issue needed to be discussed between Assam and Nagaland governments.

AASU threatens economic blockade

In another border-related issue, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) Jorhat unit on Sunday also threatened to launch an economic blockade against Nagaland to protest against encroachment inside Dissoi valley reserve forest under Mariani.

According to reports, a delegation of AASU Jorhat unit visited the area on Sunday. They warned of imposing an economic blockade if such encroachments were not stopped.

Jorhat district officials claimed that Assam police had erected a temporary camp in the area on November 11 soon after Nagaland police personnel erected a shed and refused to move from their position. Efforts were on to pursue the Nagaland authorities to vacate the area and dismantle the structure, Assam officials said.

The Nagaland government however, denied “illegal occupation” of land in Assam, claiming that its police personnel were keeping vigil within the State’s periphery.

 

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