Deputy CM visits disputed Nagaland-Manipur border
Dimapur, March 6 (EMN): Against the backdrop of border dispute between Khezhakeno village under Phek district and Tungjoy village under Manipur state that resurfaced last month, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton inspected the site on Saturday to take stock of the situation.
An update from the minister’s media cell informed that Patton, who also holds the Home portfolio, visited the border area to gather first hand information relating to the land dispute at Chida post, Khezhakeno village and Tungjoy village, as well as abduction and assault of a government official on February 15.
“During a brief meeting, Patton assured the public that the land dispute issue will be taken up with his counterpart in Manipur to settle amicably,” read the press release.
“He also informed the public that, while it is abominable to encroach upon others’ jurisdiction, we should also fight for the inherent right of any land that that belongs to us,” it added.
On the matter concerning the abduction case of Ngolo Koza, Dobashi, the deputy CM urged the public to give a free hand to the state government and the law enforcing agencies to take its own course of action.
He expressed hope that Khezhakeno being a Naga ancestral village ‘will continue the tradition of peaceful coexistence and maintain good relationship with the neighbouring villages which has been maintained since time immemorial’.
Patton also inspected the border monolith erected by the British administration in 1872. He was accompanied by Minister for Planning and Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs Neiba Kronu, DGP Nagaland John Longkumer, Commissioner Nagaland Rovilato Mor, IG Range Lima Sunep, district administration and police officers in Phek.