CNSA, AKM refute Assam claims; say disputed land belongs to Yajang C
Mokokchung, July 1(EMN): The Central Nagaland Students’ Association (CNSA) and Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) on Friday refuted claims made by Assam over disputed land in the border village of Yajang C in Mokokchung district.
CNSA and AKM visited Yajang C village after receiving reports of Assam Police and some villagers deliberately destroying plantations belonging to Yajang C village on June 27.
After spot verification of the site on June 29, CNSA and AKM stated that the land in question belonged to Yajang C village and was well within its territory, a joint statement from R Sunep Pongen President, CNSA and Nungdokyanger Ao, President, AKM said.
It further stated that even the tea estates beyond the land in question belonged to Yajang C village, which is being cultivated by Assam Tea Estates by paying tax to the Yajang C Village Council.
CNSA and AKM alleged that the Assam side ‘always misuses their media houses to spread fake news and make illegitimate claims over the Ao Naga ancestral territory’.
In this connection, the CNSA and AKM demanded the government of Assam to compensate the affected Yajang C villagers and take necessary action against the concerned Assam Police personnel and intruders involved in the June 27 incident.
The affected villagers further stated that they would carry out a befitting course of actions as the Nagaland government is not taking the border issue seriously.
The CNSA and AKM also urged the government to urgently look into the matter before the tension and conflict intensifies.
“The state frequently experiences border issues, and if left unresolved, they would exacerbate existing tensions. The government should give the issue top priority and find long-term solutions to ensure that the lives of people in the surrounding areas are preserved and saved,” CNSA and AKM stated.