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Situation tense along Nagaland-Manipur border amidst raging wildfire in Dzukou valley

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KOHIMA, JANUARY 3: Situation remains tense along the Nagaland-Manipur border amidst the raging wildfire in the majestic Dzukou Valley for the last 6 days.


While National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), SDRF, Police, Forest Department officials and volunteers are trying to douse the inferno raging the valley, there was a standoff at the valley between officials of Manipur State and volunteers from Nagaland side.
There was minor scuffle Sunday afternoon after a senior delegation, led by Minister Dikho Mao of Manipur, tried to intrude into the valley with administrative officials, police and public leaders from Senapati, Tadubi and Mao. The Minister and his team were stopped by volunteers from Nagaland side.
The team also reportedly held a meeting to take stock of the situation. The meeting was held at the potato farm at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning before proceeding to Dzukou valley.
According to a source, Manipur Government will be sending more police personnel to the valley by Tuesday.
To avert escalation of situation in the area, Nagaland Government is also expected to rush in more force.
Earlier Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh undertook aerial survey of the area so far damaged by fire.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has reportedly assured the Manipur Government assistance to douse the flame in the valley.
Nagaland Governor, R N Ravi also visited the valley to assess damage caused by the fire.
The Manipur Government on Saturday also provided two helicopters to be used by firefighters and local volunteers during the operations.
Manipur Government has been claiming Dzukou, which Nagaland has rubbished. Some civil organizations have also been trying to settle the dispute amicably.
(Page News Service)

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