JAC seeks CM’s intervention on border issue

Calls for 144 CrPC to be withdrawn; deploy at least one IRB/NAP company

DIMAPUR, MARCH 11 (MExN): A Joint Action Committee (JAC) has sought the “immediate intervention” of the Chief Minister of Nagaland on the matter of the “land dispute issue raised by Mikhirs (Karbis).” The JAC comprises members from Nagaland’s border villages of Rangapahar S. Hukavi Zhimomi Colony, Sangtamtila Village, Muruse Village, Thahekhu Village and Thahekhu Block-7.

In a representation to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, the JAC reminded that “government of both Assam and Nagaland had made an agreement that the Nagaland-Assam border was a dispute land and duly made the joint declaration in 1971, which was further re-affirmed in 1979. The matter is lying pending in the court and not decided as yet.”

In the meantime, according to the JAC, “the Karbis, the Gurkhas and the Bangladeshis have established more than 40 (forty) villages in and around the dispute land.” They alleged that “the dense forest under dispute, left under the supervision of Assam forest, has been completely destroyed. As a matter of fact, the entire dispute land has been occupied by these groups of people, leaving no empty/free space. The above activities are being carried out under the patronage/protection of Assam police and government.”

In the light of this, the JAC has appealed to the Chief Minister to “give directives to withdraw the promulgation of 144 CrPC immediately and instead deploy at least one IRB/NAP company in the dispute area as Assam government has also deployed Assam police, so as to protect the Nagas from constant harassment by the Assam authorities.” Otherwise, the JAC has suggested that neutral forces be deployed to man the dispute area “as per the agreement made between the Nagaland and Assam government.”

In case of failure to address the appeal/request, the JAC has stated that it will be compelled to take its own course of action, which it defines as “flushing out these groups of people living within Nagaland and in dispute area owing to the fact that these outsiders (Gurkhas, Bangladeshis, and Mikhirs/Karbis) have no locus standi to claim or to occupy the land mentioned).”