DIMAPUR, JULY 18: After Rising People’s Party, the United Naga Tribes Association on Border Areas (UNTABA) has now questioned Nagaland Government’s border policy, terming its move to deploy more police personnel to “few BOP (Border Observation Posts)” as too little too less.
A press release by the Association on Sunday stated that the State Government proposing to deploy more personnel in few BOPs, against Assam Government’s move to establish armed police battalions along the inter-state boundary line, shows how serious the Government of the day is on the long-pending border issue.
“If it cannot open new battalions then the existing battalions should be brought immediately along the border lines”, UNTABA stated.
Listing a few proposals to Nagaland Government, it suggested that there should be a Chief Ministerial level meeting immediately to conduct a comprehensive review of the Interim Agreements of 1972 and 1979 ~ so as to adopt appropriate steps to de-notify the ‘Disputed Area Belt’ (DAB) and remove the ‘DAB’ tag from all ancestral and historical Naga lands bordering Assam, adopt appropriate steps to remove ‘neutral’ para-military forces (CRPF) and assume directly the Civil and Police Administrations in all these areas.
The Association further stated that Nagaland Government should persuade the Government of Assam to withdraw the “infamous ‘Civil Suit No. 2 of 1988’ from the Supreme Court of India” so that the inter-state boundary can be settled on historical basis for all times to come.
“For posterity, it may be reminded again that the traditional and historical boundary between the two States is ‘Dhodhar Ali’ or ‘Naga Bund’ that runs from Golaghat to Upper Assam and from Golaghat downward runs from Daigurung River to Kaliani River then to Kopili River down to Barak River. Until an inter-state boundary solution is brought about on the basis of historical facts, there can never be permanent peace between the two States”, it stated.
‘KAAC offered land for Battalion HQ’
According to UNTBA, it has become public knowledge that the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) had offered enough plot of land at Daldali Reserved Forest adjacent to Indisen, Aoyimkum and Rangapahar Army Cantonment area to the Government of Assam for the establishment of Battalion Headquarters and Training Centre for Special Forces and Commandos of armed Assam Police.
Such a move will create more disharmony and frictions between the various tribal communities living peacefully as neighbours between the two States, it stated.
“The Naga people may be compelled to resist fiercely of such a move so as to maintain peaceful coexistence amongst the people. It may be reminded once again that the aforementioned areas purely fall under the rightful ownership of the Naga people that were unilaterally transferred to the then Nowgong district for administrative convenience by the British India Government in the late 19th and early 20th century”, stated UNTABA.
(Page News Service)