DIPHU, July 11 � The Coordination Committee for Border Protection (CCBP), a conglomeration of about 13 ethnic students and youth organisations based in Diphu, staged a sit-in demonstration at the entry point of the Secretariat of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) to protest the inaction of the KAAC against massive encroachment of forest land of Karbi Anglong (Assam) allegedly by people of Nagaland.
The activists claimed that thousands of acres of forest land of Dhansiri Reserve Forest covered by Shankar Tila, Kanshiram and Rongapahar BOP (Border Police Outpost) adjacent to Dimapur city of Nagaland have been illegally occupied by a large armed group of Nagaland who have built numerous houses scattered in various colonies and constructed several roads and regularly ply vehicles between Dimapur city and the occupied area.
Meanwhile in a press release, CCBP members have asserted that earth cutting is going on and machinery are being used regularly to clear more forest land by felling trees.
They claimed that a defensive trench has been observed along the edge of the occupied settlement and round the clock armed guards keep vigil to restrict entry of outsiders. The release mentioned that several rounds of border talks between authorities have failed to evoke any result so far adding that both the authorities have failed to prevent continuing encroachment.