Assam-Nagaland: Large-scale encroachment in Karbi Anglong forests



Massive encroachment was reported to have been taking place inside Daldali Reserve Forest of Karbi Anglong on the Assam-Nagaland border on Saturday which is 50 km from the district headquarter, Diphu.

According to sources, the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) authority, East Division, Forest department led by DFO, East Division Jaganath Rongpi and Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF), Prahlad Kro visited pillar No 1 of Daldali Reserve Forest which is close to Dimapur town.

The visiting team comprising Karbi Anglong, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Ng. Chandra Dhwaj Singha, SP, Debojit Deori and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Dr Abhijit Rabha.

Encroachment was seen to be taking place at pillar No 1 and 2, a forest staff accompanying the team told.

Two IRBN camps from Nagaland were set up at pillar No 1 and 2. Electric poles were erected and roads constructed from the other side. The encroachers have named the area as Rilan village.

PCCF, Dr Rabha admitted saying that there is already encroachment taking place inside Daldali Reserve Forest, but the exact area of encroachment will be disclosed soon.

Deputy Commissioner, Singha said, “I have been in communication with the DC, Dimapur that a district-level meeting has to be convened to solve the border dispute with Nagaland.”

When asked about the area of encroachment the DC added, “Right now I cannot exactly tell how much land has been occupied by Nagaland, but I will attend a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur on the matter.”

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)