Nagaland: Impasse as Mariani-Mokokchung road blockade continues

Morung Express News
Dimapur | November 27

There was no sign of easing of the Mariani-Mokokchung road (NH 702-D) blockade by civil organizations led by the All Assam Students Union in Sonowal. The blockade entered the 11th day on November 27, even after the Jorhat (Assam) and Mokokchung (Nagaland) district administrations met on November 25 in Jorhat. 

As per reports, it was temporarily relaxed for 36 hours beginning 6:00 am on November 25 on account of the meeting between the two district administrations, only to resume on the evening of November 26. 

The blockade was enforced after organizations on the Assam side disputed the construction of a temporary COVID shelter by the Nagaland Police in Aosenden village bordering Nakachari. The Assam Police also set up a camp at Aosenden in response.  

On the Nagaland side, the Tzurangkong Range Naga Youth Front countered with a blockade of its own, preventing Assam-bound traffic, which started on the evening of November 26.  

As on November 27, Mokokchung district administration sources said that the situation remained the same with no fresh development even at the administrative level. According to one district official, there has not been any correspondence with the Jorhat counterpart after the meeting on Wednesday, while the police units of the two states were still to move from Aosenden. 

The official though said that the Jorhat administration must be working to break the stalemate as “they have assured us to persuade the blockade enforcers to call the blockade off.”

“We must realise that resorting to road blockade is not an option to resolve issues. Good sense must prevail,” he said. 

Travel advisory for Nagaland vehicles

The Additional Deputy Commissioner of Longleng has informed passenger vehicles (both commercial and private) not to commute along the Amguri-Mariani-Golaghat route of Assam till the situation normalizes. 

A press release from the ADC said that there have been reports of “disturbances” caused on Nagaland registered vehicles by some organizations along the said route. All passenger vehicles have been advised to take the alternative Amguri-Jorhat-Dergaon-Golaghat route to avoid any untoward incidents.

The Deputy Commissioner of Mon has also issued an advisory asking commuters travelling from Mon to different parts of the State to avoid travelling through Jorhat District and Sivsagar District till the situation is normalised.