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DIMAPUR, Sept 15 - The Cabinet Sub-Committee constituted by the Nagaland government to finalise demarcation of the boundary between Dimapur and Peren districts visited the disputed areas and neighbouring villages, a release said on Sunday.

Led by convenor and Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom, the committee members interacted with both the parties at Lamhai Namdhi and adjoining villages on Saturday, and asked them to submit relevant documents to the committee through their respective Deputy Commissioners.

It may be mentioned here that miscreants fired over 200 gunshots at the newly established Lamhai Namdhi village, about 9 km from Jalukie town in Peren district � which is a contested site near the Peren-Dimapur border � on September 6 before burning down makeshift huts after the villagers fled into the jungles. There were no reports of any casualty. Six huts were completely burnt and a church was partially burnt by the miscreants.

The members said the committee was not formed particularly for pockets of disputed areas but for amicable demarcation of the entire Dimapur and Peren district boundary. They said that based on the documents and evidence submitted by the parties and after due consultation with all stakeholders, a final decision will be taken.

Phom requested both parties to maintain peace and extend all possible help and cooperation to the committee. Besides Phom, the committee consist three other ministers � Neiba Kronu, Paiwang Konyak and Metsubo Jamir.

On September 10, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, accompanied by state police chief TJ Longkumer, visited the disputed area and met the villagers. Patton, who also holds the home portfolio, lamented that during the creation of Peren district, it was not properly demarcated, due to which half of the disputed area lies in Dimapur district and the other half in Peren district. This has made the matter more complicated, he said.

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Nagaland cabinet panel meets villagers of disputed area

DIMAPUR, Sept 15 - The Cabinet Sub-Committee constituted by the Nagaland government to finalise demarcation of the boundary between Dimapur and Peren districts visited the disputed areas and neighbouring villages, a release said on Sunday.

Led by convenor and Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom, the committee members interacted with both the parties at Lamhai Namdhi and adjoining villages on Saturday, and asked them to submit relevant documents to the committee through their respective Deputy Commissioners.

It may be mentioned here that miscreants fired over 200 gunshots at the newly established Lamhai Namdhi village, about 9 km from Jalukie town in Peren district � which is a contested site near the Peren-Dimapur border � on September 6 before burning down makeshift huts after the villagers fled into the jungles. There were no reports of any casualty. Six huts were completely burnt and a church was partially burnt by the miscreants.

The members said the committee was not formed particularly for pockets of disputed areas but for amicable demarcation of the entire Dimapur and Peren district boundary. They said that based on the documents and evidence submitted by the parties and after due consultation with all stakeholders, a final decision will be taken.

Phom requested both parties to maintain peace and extend all possible help and cooperation to the committee. Besides Phom, the committee consist three other ministers � Neiba Kronu, Paiwang Konyak and Metsubo Jamir.

On September 10, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, accompanied by state police chief TJ Longkumer, visited the disputed area and met the villagers. Patton, who also holds the home portfolio, lamented that during the creation of Peren district, it was not properly demarcated, due to which half of the disputed area lies in Dimapur district and the other half in Peren district. This has made the matter more complicated, he said.

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