RVC refutes report of Assam Police demolishing structures along border

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/29/2019 11:39:46 AM IST

Rilan Village Council (RVC) has refuted a delayed report claiming that a team of Assam Police and Assam forest department officials had demolished structures/temporary camp allegedly built to station Nagaland Police personnel in Dillai Reserved Forest area along Nagaland-Assam border.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, council chairman John Kikon claimed that on December 25, when Christmas programme was underway, around 25 Assam Police personnel attempted to demolish the Nagaland-based Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) unit camp located within Rilan village jurisdiction. However, their attempt to demolish the IRB unit camp was thwarted through the intervention of the Lengrijan police outpost officials. He alleged that a group of Assam Police personnel along with district magistrate had returned on December 28 and warned the village authority.

He claimed that Rilan village was officially recognised in 2013, as clearly shown in sketch map of the village, adding that villagers had been considering Lengri river near the gate, constructed near new field check gate, as boundary between Nagaland and Assam. 

He expressed shock at the attempt by staff of Forest department under DFO west division, Karbi Anglong and Assam Police to demolish the structures that were constructed within the jurisdiction of the village, instead of demolishing villages on Assam side established within its jurisdiction.

Kikon was also dismayed that the team from Assam claimed that the power grid located at the heart of Rilan village was the inter-State boundary that stretched through Indisen, Aoyimkum, Kacharigaon and beyond, which he claimed was never discussed during inter-State meetings.

The RVC chairman said the Assam forest department had served an eviction order on December 6, 2019 to vacate the area within 14 days, with December 19 as the deadline. Thereafter, the village council forwarded the order to Dimapur DC, SDO (C) and LRSO, after which a meeting was convened by the district administration. 

Consequently, the district administration issued a letter to Karbi Anglong DC and DFO west division restraining them from further action before Christmas. However, despite the letter, Assam Police and forest department personnel acted unilaterally twice on December 25 and 28 respectively, Kikon alleged.

He asserted that Rilan village would continue to expand within its jurisdiction and develop its jurisdiction extensively, adding that it would never go beyond its boundary.

Meanwhile, PRO Dimapur police informed Nagaland Post that both sides held an informal meeting on Saturday and decided to maintain status quo.

Assam-Nagaland to maintain status quo

Diphu Correspondent adds: Following a meeting held between senior police officials of Bokajan subdivision, senior officials of Assam Police (SDPO Bokajan), magistrates and administrative officials of Nagaland, officers of IRB on Saturday, both the sides reportedly agreed to maintain status quo. Both sides also agreed that a final decision in this regard would be taken at a high-level meeting to be held soon.

Assam officials claimed that Nagaland police constructed the temporary police post some 300 meters inside Assam in Daldali reserved forest.

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