GUWAHATI, March 7 - The State government has decided to set up a border outpost in Hoolunguri in Jorhat, a sensitive area, prone to repeated border disputes between Assam and Nagaland.
Replying to a call attention by Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi on a report published in The Assam Tribune on tension along Assam-Nagaland border, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that for a better vigil along the Assam-Nagaland border and to ensure peace and security of the people living along the border, the government has approved a BOP in the area and the same would be set up soon.
Raising the issue in the State Assembly today, the MLA said that despite the Supreme Court�s order to maintain status quo along the border, the issue continue to remain a contentious one leading to tension along the border, mainly due to the breach from Nagaland side.
�Despite the fact that the matter is sub judice, and talks are being held at chief ministerial level and chief secretary level periodically, time and again there are reports of violation of status quo order from Nagaland side,� said Kurmi.
The incident, reported in February, was related to a suspected Naga outfit slapping demand notes among the people of Assam and a subsequent assault on two Assamese villagers, Benu Orang and Joydhan Mirdha by suspected Naga miscreants.
Replying on behalf of the Home Department, Patowary said that the government was concerned about the increasing vigil along the inter-State border and after the incident, the Home and Political Department issued necessary instructions to the security forces. He, however, said that the incident of assault on the two villagers was found to be false during investigations.
On another report of tree-felling along the Assam-Nagaland border, he said that the trees were ceased by the State Forest Department.