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Tension building up in Assam-Nagaland border areas

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DIMAPUR, July 27 - In the wake of heightened tension in Halwating-Tuli section and Mariani area along Assam-Nagaland border, the Nagaland Government has asked the Assam government to ensure that no construction activities are carried out in the Disturbed Area Belt (DAB) areas.

Nagaland Home Commissioner R Ramakrishnan, in a letter to Assam principal secretary, said, any construction activities in the DAB may disturb peace and tranquility in the border areas. Ramakrishnan shot off the letter to the Assam principal secretary stating that it has come to notice of the Nagaland Govt that construction activities for establishing a border police outpost in DAB, near Watiyongpang gate, are being undertaken by Assam Government.

On the reported lightning bandh enforced on NH-2 in Halwathing market area, the Nagaland Government also asked its counterpart to provide security to the people from Nagaland travelling on the National Highway in Amguri and border areas.

Unidentified miscreants allegedly fired at the assistant manager inside a tea estate along the Assam-Nagaland border under Teok police station in Jorhat district on Tuesday. The manager escaped unhurt.

However, media in Assam reported that the miscreants threatened the assistant manager of the tea estate and fired at him when he fled on his motorbike.

Villagers near Amguri had blockaded the road against all vehicles going to and coming out of Mokokchung after the news spread that some miscreants from Nagaland side had fired some rounds inside the tea estate in the border area.

Media in Nagaland said due to a lot of push from the local MLA of Amguri, some NGOs of Assam have issued an ultimatum that the construction of Assam border police outpost should be resumed at Watiyongpang hillock on or before July 30, failing which they would impose an indefinite economic blockade on National Highway 61.

The United Naga Tribes Association on Border Areas (UNTABA) accused the Sivasagar district administration of �willfully trying� to usurp and occupy the lands that belonged to Naga people in the border areas under Tuli.

It stated that there was no demarcated boundary between the two States for which active litigation process was undergoing in the Supreme Court for the last 30 years.

Until the civil suit no.2 of 1988 was brought to conclusion, the authorities of both the States must work under the Interim Agreement of 1972 and 1979 made between the two State Governments so as to maintain status quo.

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Tension building up in Assam-Nagaland border areas

DIMAPUR, July 27 - In the wake of heightened tension in Halwating-Tuli section and Mariani area along Assam-Nagaland border, the Nagaland Government has asked the Assam government to ensure that no construction activities are carried out in the Disturbed Area Belt (DAB) areas.

Nagaland Home Commissioner R Ramakrishnan, in a letter to Assam principal secretary, said, any construction activities in the DAB may disturb peace and tranquility in the border areas. Ramakrishnan shot off the letter to the Assam principal secretary stating that it has come to notice of the Nagaland Govt that construction activities for establishing a border police outpost in DAB, near Watiyongpang gate, are being undertaken by Assam Government.

On the reported lightning bandh enforced on NH-2 in Halwathing market area, the Nagaland Government also asked its counterpart to provide security to the people from Nagaland travelling on the National Highway in Amguri and border areas.

Unidentified miscreants allegedly fired at the assistant manager inside a tea estate along the Assam-Nagaland border under Teok police station in Jorhat district on Tuesday. The manager escaped unhurt.

However, media in Assam reported that the miscreants threatened the assistant manager of the tea estate and fired at him when he fled on his motorbike.

Villagers near Amguri had blockaded the road against all vehicles going to and coming out of Mokokchung after the news spread that some miscreants from Nagaland side had fired some rounds inside the tea estate in the border area.

Media in Nagaland said due to a lot of push from the local MLA of Amguri, some NGOs of Assam have issued an ultimatum that the construction of Assam border police outpost should be resumed at Watiyongpang hillock on or before July 30, failing which they would impose an indefinite economic blockade on National Highway 61.

The United Naga Tribes Association on Border Areas (UNTABA) accused the Sivasagar district administration of �willfully trying� to usurp and occupy the lands that belonged to Naga people in the border areas under Tuli.

It stated that there was no demarcated boundary between the two States for which active litigation process was undergoing in the Supreme Court for the last 30 years.

Until the civil suit no.2 of 1988 was brought to conclusion, the authorities of both the States must work under the Interim Agreement of 1972 and 1979 made between the two State Governments so as to maintain status quo.

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