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DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 17 (MExN): The Border Peace Coordination Committee (Assam-Nagaland) today appealed to all concerned to refrain from creating tension along the Assam Nagaland interstate border area.
A press note from the BPCC reminded that in 2016, “an unidentified group of people attempted to create tension on some residence of Hoolungooree Tea Estate on the Assam side of the Nagaland border in Jorhat district who were either cultivating the land or collecting firewood around.”
It further referred to a media report of February 16, 2017, which it stated “may also be considered as an attempt to reignite tension along the interstate border areas.” The BPCC, it informed, “took a stock of the situation of 2016 and was desirous of a discussion involving people around the spot occurring such unfortunate situations as an attempt to evolve means for mutual benefit and avoid things of such recurrences.” However, it stated that the BPCC “could not afford to do so due to want of required logistics with it.”
It further informed that a team of BPCC (A-N) took a stock of the situation from the staff of Hoolungooree Tea Estate and the Secretary of the Village Defense Party (VDP) and “came to know that there were four armed persons who warned a group of about 8-9 persons cultivating in an area of land asking them not to do so without paying taxes and reportedly insisting on payment ranging from 10 to 30 thousand rupees.”
It however added that the BPCC (A-N) could not possess any of such records so far. Further, it stated that the BPCC (A-N) “may attempt to arrest the situation provided required logistics are available to it from governments, public and all other well wishers.”
“To ensure understanding of both conflicting sides through interactions towards economic and social benefits BPCC (A-N) believes to bring desired results with stopping such re-ignition of tension along the interstate border areas,” it affirmed.