UNTABA condemns highhandedness of Sivasagar dist admn

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Dimapur, July 26: The United Naga Tribes Association on Border Areas (UNTABA) has condemned the high handedness of the authorities of Sivasagar District administration of Assam for willfully trying to usurp and occupy the lands that belongs to Naga people in the border areas under Tuli ADC headquarters.
Stating that it is not the lone incident, the UNTABA said the people and the authorities from Assam always try to provoke the peace loving Naga people living in the border areas stretching from Khelma side of Peren District to Tizit under Mon District establish or to occupy the land under every lame excuses.
Unless the people under Mejensanger Putu Wameken (MPW) handled the situation in a matured way as they did, another border clashes would have erupted again thereby disturbing the peaceful atmosphere in the border areas, it said.
Reminding Assam that there is no demarcated boundary between the two states for which active litigation process is undergoing in the Supreme Court for the last 30 years, the UNTBA said if the people and authorities in Assam failed to accept this fact and stop such illegal intrusions, it would not only invite contempt of Court but would invite more unwarranted tensions amongst the people living in both sides of the two states.
It also reminded that until the Civil Suit No.2 of 1988 is 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.
On the pre-emptive action initiated by the Nagaland Government ahead of the publication of the controversial National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the UNTABA said it is too little too less since the entire stretch of the boundary between the two States, the is no demarcated boundary, therefore the people from both the States are living in an inter-mingled life style in their day today lives, hardly distinguishable from each other.
In such scenario, it would be a herculean task to conduct verification. (Page News Service)