URIUMGHAT (DERGAON), Sep 1 - On August 12, 2014, a total of 573 houses were completely brunt by miscreants at B Sector of Assam-Nagaland Border at Dhansiri. As many as 1,665 families of more than 16 villages were rendered homeless and around 10,000 people had to take shelter in relief camps. However, nothing has changed in the past one year, except the calendar year.
�Though the government showed sympathy at the time of incident, it did nothing for the victims of the region. There was no initiative for the uplift of the vitims,� said Padma Basumatary, a social activist of Uriumghat.
�The government showed its supreme negligence in this matter. They didn�t take a single step towards the development of the trouble-hit areas,� said Binod Ekka, a resident of Santipur.
According to the government data, nine people were killed by Naga miscreants at Uriumghat in Golaghat district. To mark their protest against this incident, seven organisations, under the leadership of AJYCP, Golaghat District Committee, started �economic blockade� against Nagaland on August 13 at Rangajan on NH-39.
But the blockade was cleared by the police led by ADGP (Law and Order) AP Raut. The police had to resort to a lathicharge to disperse the mob. Several protesters were also nabbed too. On August 20, the law and order situation became worse and the people set three vehicles, including a police vehicle, on fire.
Hundreds of people, armed with bows and arrows and sticks, came out on the streets against the police at Arengapar. Five persons died from bullet injuries as the police had to open fire to control the mob.
Finally, the Army staged a flag march. The administration met the representatives of the organisations with the initiative of Planning and Development Minister Ajanta Neog. The Chief Minister also met the Coordination Committee on August 22 to discuss the issue.
In the meeting, the Chief Minister assured the leaders that the students � Ajoy Garh and Philson Kujur � who were reportedly abducted by Naga miscreants from Chainpur village on July 26, 2014, would be released within one month.
The Chief Minister also revealed that the whole chain of incidents from July 26 to August 20 would be investigated by the CBI. He also said that the encroached land would be cleared at any cost. But in the last one year, no single assurance was even taken up for execution.
On the contrary, the villagers at the periphery are still fscing several other problems. The condition of the roads, drinking water, medical service, telecommunication etc., is becoming more deplorable day by day.
�The Chief Minister had assured development in the areas within one month, but all in vain,� said Dhane Toppo, a student of Jahajibasti of Uriumghat.