DIPHU, May 19 - A team of government officials from Assam on Monday visited the Karbi Anglong-Nagaland border after receiving information regarding encroachment of land by some villagers from Rilan Basti (within Nagaland) and putting up of a fence near the IRBN camp, which was constructed by the Nagaland Police allegedly inside the Karbi Anglong territory near Lahorijan border.
It may be mentioned here that the Karbi Students� Association (KSA) recently expressed its annoyance over the incident of alleged land encroachment by the Nagaland authority at Tila Basti and Dhansiri areas inside Karbi Anglong.
The official team which went for spot verification included sub-divisional police officer of Bokajan John Kalita, circle inspector of Bokajan Bhupen Kalita, magistrate Tahid Alam and few others.
The officials were told by the people present there that a group of people from Rilan Basti has put up the fence to carry out agricultural activities. The officials told the villagers to demolish the fence in presence of Nagaland Police officials and village headman of the locality.
Later, the subdivisional police officer of Bokajan stated that farming or any other activities are strictly prohibited in the vicinity of the interstate border.
Ongoing border commotion between the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) and the Dimapur region of Nagaland has become a regular affair with increasing incidences of encroachment of forest land by a section of people from the neighbouring state.
Groups like the KSA and the people settled near the Assam-Nagaland border areas like Dhansiri, Misibailung, Lahorijan, Tila Basti, Monglamukh (within Karbi Anglong) have acted as whistleblowers against intruders.
People in these areas are of the view that boundary demarcation by a competent authority is the need of the hour for solving the decade-old issue.