DIMAPUR, Feb 24 � Several student organisations such as Karbi Students Association, All Dimasa Students Union, All Assam Gorkha Students Union, United Students Union of Karbi Anglong, Karbi Re-awakening Organisation and some other civil organisations have called a blockade on NH 39 & 36 and a six-hour blockade on railways leading to Nagaland on February 25.
The blockade is to protest the alleged unabated encroachments along Assam-Nagaland border areas of Daldali and Rongapahar Reserve Forest under Karbi Anglong district of Assam by Nagaland.
The organisations, in a joint statement today, alleged that Nagaland has encroached upon a large area of forest land under Karbi Anglong district and that it has become the order of the day as intruders cut jungles, construct roads and houses, etc., in these areas. When police from Assam asks the encroachers to vacate the areas, they resort to fight back, it said.
Referring to an incident on February 22, the statement said a large number of people from Nagaland entered the area under Daldali Forest Reserve Forest and erected a signboard with the writing �Govt of Nagaland, Site for Horticulture�. This action was interpreted as the encroachment having patronage from the Government of Nagaland.
A memorandum was also reportedly submitted to Assam Chief Minister and Chief Executive Member of Karbi Anglong District Autonomous Council to take up measures to battle this illegal encroachment, but these too have also evoked no response, the statement said while describing the situation along the border area of Daldali Reserve Forest as volatile.
Meanwhile, Dimapur District Magistrate N Hushili Sema today promulgated 144 CrPC prohibiting assembly of five or more persons from 5 am on February 25 and until further orders in and around Indisen village and Rilan village along borders of Dimapur and Karbi Anglong districts. The order has been issued in view of the critical situation in these areas following destruction of properties and movement of large number of Naga public, thereby resulting in law and order problems, Sema said.
Newmai News Network adds: There has been panic buying of commodities both in Dimapur and Kohima following the announcement from several Karbi Anglong based organisations of Assam to impose indefinite economic blockade against Nagaland.