Road blockade against Nagaland held in Amguri

DIMAPUR, SEP 12 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 9/12/2018 11:39:39 AM IST

All Assam Tai Ahom Students’ Union (AATASU) on Wednesday enforced a blockade on National Highway 61 and staged a demonstration at the blockade site in Amguri, Sivasagar district, demanding the establishment of a border outpost (BOP) on the Assam-Nagaland border.

According to an INSIDENE report, the blockade was enforced near Amguri Tea Estate during which AATASU activists shouted slogans like ‘Naga go back’, ‘Amar Mati, Amr Dabi’, etc.

They also demanded that the district administration take immediate measures to stop all “illegal” activities by the Nagaland government on Assam’s land and remove and shift the sanctioned BOP of Nagaland at Haluwating to any other area of Nagaland.

Meanwhile, Police sources informed Nagaland Post that the blockade was held a few metres from the Nagaland gate check post at Watiyongpang under Tuli.

The blockade began from 11 a.m. till around 3 p.m. Around 100 AATASU volunteers took part in the blockade, sources added.

According to reports, an EAC from the Mokokchung district administration was rushed to the area. The agitating members dispersed from the area only after a memorandum was submitted to DC Mokokchung through the EAC, highlighting their demands.

It was pointed out that Assam government had been pushing, with all its machineries, to setup the border out post. However, a resident of Tuli lamented that Nagaland government was yet to take serious note of the issue.

It may be recalled that tension erupted when a group of people from Assam along with the local MLA, and backed by Assam Police and Sivasagar district administration started to clear a portion of land to set up the Police Outpost at a spot located at Watiyongpang Nagaland Gate on July 23.

However, Wameken Village Council claimed that the spot was under its jurisdiction, saying the area had been their traditional jhum land.

On July 26, Home commissioner, R. Ramakrishnan shot off a missive to Assam’s Principal Secretary (Home) informing the latter to direct the Sivasagar district administration to stop construction activities in the DAB. He also drew attention to the sudden blockade imposed in Halwating area, causing inconvenience to commuters from Nagaland.

Ramakrishnan said that construction activities at DAB under taken by Assam government, if not stopped, would disturb the peace and tranquillity maintained in the border areas. He said it was also a clear violation of the decision agreed upon by both the states to not carry out any construction in the DAB.

Further, Nagaland government also asked Assam to provide adequate security for people from Nagaland travelling along the highway through Amguri and border areas.


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