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Fasting Rupjyoti Kurmi hospitalised

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GUWAHATI, June 26 - Congress MLA from Mariani Rupjyoti Kurmi, who began an indefinite hunger strike from Saturday over the Assam-Nagaland border problem, was hospitalised on Sunday evening.

He was shifted to the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital late last night.

His close aide said quoting doctors that Kurmi was suffering from blood pressure-related problems and fluctuating heart beat. But the legislator refused to take food unless his demands were met. Kurmi is, however, being administered saline.

Former Minister Rakibul Hussain and other party leaders, besides senior officials of the Jorhat district administration visited Kurmi at the hospital today.

Among other demands, Kurmi wants the Central Government to make public the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN(IM) and the Government of India.

�One one hand, the Narendra Modi Government talks about transparency and on the other he has kept the Agreement under wraps,� Kurmi told The Assam Tribune over telephone from the hunger strike site at Thana Tiniali of Mariani last evening.

He also questioned how the State Forest Department undertook a scheme to erect pillars along the border areas even though the inter-State border dispute case in pending before the Supreme Court and there is a status quo in place.

He said even after he dismantled a couple of pillars erected by the State Forest Department near the border along the northern boundary of Dessoi Reserve Forest at Naginijan area, the Department has sent him a letter seeking cooperation to implement the Centrally-sponsored scheme.

Kurmi said that such a move would encourage further encroachment from Nagaland.

In the meantime, the Congress MLA dashed off a memorandum to the President of India yesterday, stating that a number of innocent lives, including those of police personnel, have been lost in the inter-State border dispute.

Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also called on him yesterday.

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Fasting Rupjyoti Kurmi hospitalised

GUWAHATI, June 26 - Congress MLA from Mariani Rupjyoti Kurmi, who began an indefinite hunger strike from Saturday over the Assam-Nagaland border problem, was hospitalised on Sunday evening.

He was shifted to the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital late last night.

His close aide said quoting doctors that Kurmi was suffering from blood pressure-related problems and fluctuating heart beat. But the legislator refused to take food unless his demands were met. Kurmi is, however, being administered saline.

Former Minister Rakibul Hussain and other party leaders, besides senior officials of the Jorhat district administration visited Kurmi at the hospital today.

Among other demands, Kurmi wants the Central Government to make public the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN(IM) and the Government of India.

�One one hand, the Narendra Modi Government talks about transparency and on the other he has kept the Agreement under wraps,� Kurmi told The Assam Tribune over telephone from the hunger strike site at Thana Tiniali of Mariani last evening.

He also questioned how the State Forest Department undertook a scheme to erect pillars along the border areas even though the inter-State border dispute case in pending before the Supreme Court and there is a status quo in place.

He said even after he dismantled a couple of pillars erected by the State Forest Department near the border along the northern boundary of Dessoi Reserve Forest at Naginijan area, the Department has sent him a letter seeking cooperation to implement the Centrally-sponsored scheme.

Kurmi said that such a move would encourage further encroachment from Nagaland.

In the meantime, the Congress MLA dashed off a memorandum to the President of India yesterday, stating that a number of innocent lives, including those of police personnel, have been lost in the inter-State border dispute.

Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also called on him yesterday.