UNTABA flays ‘highhandedness’ of Assam authorities in border areas

UNTABA flays ‘highhandedness’ of Assam authorities in border areas
The ongoing construction at Indisen village area by authorities of Assam. (UNTABA)
DIMAPUR, JAN 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/27/2019 11:24:52 AM IST

Attempts by Assam Police to forcibly establish ‘out-posts’ within Naga territory in the recent period has been strongly condemned by the United Naga Tribes Association on Border Areas (UNTABA) which termed them as acts of “high handedness of the Assam Police and Civil Administration authorities of Assam”.

In a statement, UNTABA through its chairman Hukavi T.Yepthomi and general secretary Imsumongba Pongen, further described these acts as totally in violation of the bilateral agreements made between the governments of Assam and Nagaland on several occasions. 

UNTABA pointed out the recent incursion by Assam for construction of Border Out Post(BOP) in the jhum fields of Lirmen village (this January) areas and also in the jhum areas of Wamaken village(last year) and the most recent being, construction of BOP within Indisen village under Dimapur district.

According to UNTABA, Assam, through such acts has shown its determination to set up the BOP within Naga areas.

On the other hand, UNTABA pointed out that when district administration and police in Dimapur, had submitted feasibility of opening BOP in Rilan village from the Commissioner of Police , after following procedures addressed to the Commissioner Nagaland, there has been no response. Rather UNTABA termed the lack of response as “indifferent attitude”. 

UNTABA also said its team had met with Nagaland chief minister besides Commissioner Nagaland on several occasions regarding the issue. 

The border dispute between Assam and Nagaland has been raging on in the supreme Court for the past 30 years. Further, UNTABA said Nagaland has spent around Rs.30 crore through the Commissioner Nagaland who looks after Border Affairs department but nothing tangible has been achieved. 

UNTABA said this was because successive governments have never taken the border issue seriously despite signing of several bilateral and trilateral agreements between the two states and with the government of India. 

UNTABA also said it had intimated to the government of Nagaland to appoint an indigenous Naga of the state as Advocate General (AG) as such a candidate would know the “real history of the land and the Naga people” unlike the current AG who is not indigenous to Nagaland.

Further UNTABA said the present PDA government in Nagaland under chief minister Neiphiu Rio , who had also represented the state as Lok Sabha MP, has not highlighted the issue in right perspective for which it(UNTABA) had met him on several occasion in Delhi.

UNTABA has condemned the Assam authorities for the high handedness and cautioned it not to “assert authority unilaterally” otherwise Naga people would be compelled to take their own course of action which could affect the “cordial relationship between the people of the two states.”


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