DIMAPUR, JULY 1: The United Naga Tribes Association on Border Areas (UNTABA) has asked Nagaland Government to initiate Chief Ministerial-level talks with Assam and review all the Interim Agreements immediately, in the backdrop of yet another incident at Assam-Nagaland border.
The Association issued a press release on Thursday condemning what it stated was the unilateral intrusion of the Assam Government inside the Naga lands and establishing camps for its armed Police and Forest personnel.
“The present imbroglio at Vikuto Village, under Tsurangkong Range, is a deliberate attempt by the Government of Assam to encroach and allow more settlements for the illegal immigrants in the disputed area belts. This is nothing new but a systematic approach adopted by the Government of Assam over the years to occupy large tracts of Naga lands in the border areas”, said UNTABA.
Tsurangkong Range or Dissoi, Dissoi Valley and Tiru Reserve Forests fall under the demarcated ‘Sector F’ under the ‘Disputed Area Belt’ (DAB) as per the ‘Interim Agreement of 1972’ which was reaffirmed in the ‘Interim Agreement of 1979’, it pointed out.
“In spite of the various Interim Agreements and periodic meetings between the two States, the Government of Assam has been unilaterally engaging itself in establishing new settlements all along the border lines which propelled the Merapani War in 1984, among other incidents. It may be reminded once again that as long as the ‘Civil Suit No. 2 of 1988’ lies in the Supreme Court for litigation for boundary issues between the two States, the border issue is sub judice and therefore neither of the States have the authority to involve itself to alter the present status quo in any manner”, it maintained.
UNTABA urged Nagaland Government, as a ‘Defendant’, to immediately adopt necessary steps against the Government of Assam in the court of Law.
“Lastly, it is reminded once again that the historical boundary between Assam and Nagaland is ‘Dhodhar Ali’ that runs along from Golaghat to Tizit sector, on which the Government of Assam has presently constructed roads named Dhodhar Ali Road. Until and unless this historical fact is considered as an Inter-state boundary line, the Naga people will go on pursuing the matter persistently”, it added.
(Page News Service)