Trouble is brewing in the disputed border belt along the western fringes of Dimapur bordering Karbi-Anglong Autonomous district. On April 2, people from Nagaland reportedly numbering in the hundreds had a near face-off with Assam Police (AP) personnel in a patch of the disputed belt of the Daldali Reserve forest.
Reports quoting eyewitness accounts stated that the AP personnel carried out a sortie today after detecting development activity during the past week in the disputed belt. While there was no report of clashes or casualty, unofficial reports stated that at least two temporary structures were dismantled before the AP personnel retreated.
Despite the Dimapur district administration issuing prohibitory order to prevent entry of people from the Nagaland side, people continue to defy the order and enter the disputed belt. While the Karbi-Anglong administration could not be reached, the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur stated that the administration is monitoring the development and is in touch with its Karbi-Anglong counterpart. According to the DC, border vigil is getting difficult as people are still able to enter in small groups.
At present a platoon of NAP (IR) personnel is maintaining vigil on the Nagaland side of the disputed belt covering an area stretching from Rilan till Sangtam Tilla. As entry into the disputed belt continues unabated, the DC informed that the existing border vigil will be strengthened by an addition of two platoons by April 3 and followed by more deployments on April 4.
In 2014, two lives were lost in a series of sporadic skirmishes when tension gripped the Daldali and Dhansiri Reserve Forests areas. The dispute which ensued for months had started in January 2014 gradually fizzling out midyear. As many as 40 persons reported to be encroachers were arrested by the Assam Police during that time.
-Via Morung Express