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Tension brewing along Dimapur-KA border

By EMN Updated: Feb 28, 2014 12:11 am

Seven Dimasa houses set ablaze by miscreants

Newmai News Network

TENSION is fast brewing along border areas of Dimapur and Karbi Anglong districts with torching of seven houses by miscreants in a Dimasa village this morning even as the indefinite economic blockade against Nagaland entered the third day today.
Reports from Diphu in Karbi Anglong district of Assam said some miscreants entered Itchapur village inhabited by Dimasa tribe of Assam in the wee hours today and set ablaze seven houses in the village. Itchapur village falls under Diphu subdivision of Karbi Anglong district.
Though the Karbi Anglong district administration suspected that people opposed to the blockade might have committed the act, no official details were revealed.
The indefinite economic blockade on NH 39 and 36 against Nagaland has been imposed by Karbi Students and Youth Council (KSYC), All Dimasa Students Union (ADSU), Karbi Unemployed Youth Association (KUYA), Karbi Students Association, Karbi Re-Awakening Organisation (KRAO) and United Students Union of Karbi Anglong (USUKA) among others in protest against the alleged encroachment of Assam’s territory by people from Nagaland side since February 25.
Sources said security measures have been further tightened following today morning’s incident.
Two battalions of IRB and large number of police personnel have been deployed in the Nagaland-Assam border near Dimapur on Wednesday. The Dimapur district administration imposed CrPC 144 in the border areas of the two districts on February 25. Large number of youth with placards and banners were seen enforcing the blockade.
Hundreds of heavy vehicles both from Nagaland and Manipur are stranded due to the indefinite economic blockade, the reports added.
Meanwhile, the state governments of Nagaland and Assam are in constant touch in connection with the ongoing indefinite economic blockade.
Informing this to Newmai News Network today, a source close to Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio expressed hope that normalcy in the border areas will return soon. “We are putting our maximum efforts to ease the situation and to pursue the Karbi Anglong-based organisations to call off their agitation,” the source stated.
According to the source, the Nagaland Chief Minister is in touch with his Assam counterpart to resolve the ongoing impasse. “We are also talking to the civil organisations who matter,” the source further stated.

By EMN Updated: Feb 28, 2014 12:11:42 am