Assam-Nagaland border row: deputy commissioners try to resolve tensions
Tension along the Nagaland-Assam border remained palpable on Saturday, as various Assam organizations continued to impose a total blockade on the vital Mariani (Assam) -Mokokchung (Nagaland) highway in Jorhat district from 15 of November.
Nagaland MLA and Border Affairs Advisor Mhathung Yanthan told the Hindustan Times that this was a matter of public order, and that the Deputy Commissioners (DC) for Mokokchung and Jorhat were in contact, trying to handle the situation.
“As of now, the situation is under control,” he said. The legislator added that there was not much state governments could do as the border issue between the two states was pending in the Supreme Court.
Yanthan also reiterated what Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said recently that once an agreement is reached regarding the Naga political issue, the border issue will also be resolved.
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Meanwhile, when contacted, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mokokchung Limawabang Jamir said that although no adverse incidents were reported, the public was uneasy due to the economic lockdown and authorities feared the situation could erupt if the indefinite lockdown continued.
The official reported that he was in contact with his Jorhat counterpart and that there will be a meeting at the DC / SP level on November 25 in Jorhat to discuss the issue and ease tension.
“I spoke by phone with DC Jorhat this morning, asking him to intervene and convince those in charge of the blockade to suspend the indefinite blockade. She (DC Jorhat) assured that she will speak with the organizations, ”said Jamir.
The current problem is claimed to have escalated after Assam organizations accused Nagaland of establishing a police camp within the reserved forest of the Dissoi Valley and deployed armed Assam police to the area and also erected a temporary camp near the area in dispute.
Nagaland and Assam share a 512 kilometer boundary and a dispute that has been going on for more than five decades. Both states have refused to accept the recommendations of two commissions created by Center to solve the problem and there is a pending lawsuit in the Supreme Court on the matter since 1988.