DIMAPUR, Jan 2 � A high-level Ministerial delegation of the Nagaland Government led by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio met the Assam Chief Minister at the Circuit House, Jorhat on December 31 to apprise and express serious concerns about the recent killings and burning of villages and granaries, resulting in the exodus of Rengma Nagas from Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council of Assam, an official release issued here today said.
The Nagaland delegation was briefed on the steps taken by the Assam Government to control the situation and bring about normalcy in order to instill confidence among the displaced to return home. Some of these steps included setting up of temporary police pickets in the violence-hit areas with 10 companies of CRPF which had been deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs and seven companies of Assam police.
Rio suggested that in view of the vast areas inhabited by the Rengma Nagas in Assam, Village Guards (VG) similar to the VGs in Nagaland to protect themselves may be explored since their salaries and allowances are sanctioned and subsidised by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Nagaland Assembly Deputy Speaker Levi Rengma suggested setting up of permanent police outposts in the Rengma Naga inhabited areas which the Assam CM took positive note of for consideration. Besides Rio and Levi Rengma, the Nagaland delegation included Minister for Road & Bridges Kezhuluzo Nienuh, Minister for Health & Family Welfare Imkong Imchen, Parliamentary Secretary for Power Kipili Sangtam, Parliamentary Secretary for Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Yitachu, Parliamentary Secretary for CAWD Tohanba and Parliamentary Secretary for Irrigation & Flood Control Vikheho Swu.