Dimapur, March 27: A tension rose in Dimapur-Karbi Anglong area between the Nagaland-Assam borders on Sunday when Assam police allegedly entered in Rilan Village (traditional land of the Nagas) where they destroyed the boundary barriers and plantation.
Nribemo, a chairperson of Rilan Village Council (RVC) while explaining the situation said that while they were attending their Sunday’s devotional services, over 30 armed Assam Police personnel including forest guards had visited the village. “Timely involvement by the village council avoided unwanted situation and Assam police personnel were asked to leave the place” he said.
RVC claimed that the Assam police personnel had said to leave the site. They even claimed that while they were leaving the site the Assam Police fired some blank shots in the air.
Assam Police has destroyed foundation for construction of Primary Health Center in the village, RVC blamed. Dimapur police also reached the place soon after Assam Police left the site, RVC added. Assam Police had been frequently interrupted in the village occasions protested without any prior information.
They were not against Assam Police conducting patrolling duty, said council. “We will not tolerate destruction of crops, plantation and structures erected by the village,” they added. “Why were they intruding without proper authorisation”? Council questioned Assam Police. RVc’s opinion was since it was an inter-state boundary issue; any activities should be taken up in the presence of magistrates from both the states.
The RVC even claimed that “developmental activities” in the village was taken up in the presence of border magistrate. Claiming that the area fell under Daldali reserved forest, district administration of Karbi Anglong had raised objections to any kind of developmental activities and cultivation at the site. The village is still stick to the opinion that the Assam Police should stop interfering inside the Rilan Village as they are not taken up any development activities in the reserved forest.