Economic blockade on Nagaland from today

Staff Reporter/Correspondents DIMAPUR/DIPHU/MOKOKCHUNG, NOV 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/16/2020 12:35:41 PM IST


While the economic blockade on Nagaland, called by various Karbi Anglong-based civil society organisations, including Karbi Students’ Association (KSA), will begin from November 17, another blockade was imposed along Jorhat-Mokokchung border area on Monday, but was later lifted by evening. Though there were no untoward incidents, tension continued to persist in the border district of Mokokchung.

Various Karbi Anglong-based organisations have decided to impose an indefinite economic blockade on Nagaland to protest against alleged illegal encroachment inside Karbi Anglong Daldali reserve forest by people from Nagaland.

The indefinite economic blockade is being imposed by Karbi Students Association and twelve other civil and students organization of Karbi Anglong. Vehicles carrying essential items will be prohibited from plying along the highway, a KSA leader stated. 

Deputy commissioner Karbi Anglong, Ng. Chandra Dhwaj Singha informed Nagaland Post that a high level team of government officials will be visiting the disputed border and Daldali reserve forest on Tuesday along with Nagaland government officials to assess the situation. After the visiting the border areas, Singha said that a meeting will be held with his Dimapur counterpart.

DC Dimapur refutes encroachment claims

However, deputy commissioner (DC) Dimapur, R. Soundararajan denied of any encroachment from Nagaland side, while assuring that there would be no immediate impact as the State had adequate stock of essential items even as he has sought a meeting with his Karbi Anglong counterpart to sort out the issue.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, the DC said upon receiving information of some work being carried out by Nagas in “disputed” area, he along with SDO sadar, police personnel led by ACP, SDPO and forest officials from Karbi Anglong visited the site last week. Thereafter, both parties were satisfied that the works were being carried out much within Nagaland only, he added.

He said the border was demarcated by a stream, which had been accepted by both the States as de facto border and several verbal agreements had been reached that no developmental activities would be initiated in the area. 

Dismissing the allegation made by Assam-based organisations that encroachment activities by people from Nagaland had increased since October this year, the DC reiterated that mutual agreement had already been reached by both sides over demarcation. He said he had requested for an official meeting with Karbi Anglong DC to sort out the issue at official level and hoped that the meeting would be scheduled in a day or two. 

Regarding safety and security of travellers from Nagaland, DC said he had requested his Karbi Anglong counterpart to ensure that there was no untoward situation during the blockade.

On availability of essential commodities, he said Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) administrator Albert Ezung has been tasked to find out the status of essential commodities. 

Ezung asserted that there would be no immediate impact on prices of essential items like food grains, cooking oil, potatoes, onions, etc, even if the blockade persists, as the State had adequate stock. 

He said he had spoken to wholesalers, who had confirmed availability of essential commodities.

Protestors block highway; DC Mkg issues travel advisory

Situation along Nagaland-Assam border (Mariani area) remained tense after Adivasi Students’ Union of Mariani area staged a protest by blocking the road towards Mokokchung district on Monday. All vehicles travelling towards Nagaland were prevented from crossing the border area. However, deputy commissioner Mokokchung when contacted informed that the blockade was lifted by evening. 

With situation still volatile and also in view of the economic blockade by Karbi Anglong based organizations, the DC issued a travel advisory, asking all those travelling to and from Mokokchung to avoid travelling through Assam and instead take the route via Wokha-Tseminyu road till the situation improves.

It may be recalled that the All Assam Students’ Union Jorhat unit on Sunday threatened to launch an economic blockade against Nagaland in protest against alleged encroachment from Nagaland side inside Dissoi valley reserve forest under Mariani.

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