Nagaland : KSA Threatens for Economic Blockade

Threatening of an economic blockade was made against Nagaland by Karbi Students Association (KSA-Simeon Rongphar) and allied organizations, on November 20.
Demand for a joint sitting was made between Assam and Nagaland governments in the presence of representatives of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) for settlement of border dispute between the states.
KSA president Simeon Rongphar on a press conference at the central committee office of KSA said, “We are giving time till November 20 to hold a meeting on Assam-Nagaland border issue by the three parties, the Assam and Nagaland governments and KAAC. If no such meeting is held or any fruitful result does not come up then we will call for a four-hour economic blockade against Nagaland. The responsibility of any loss incurred due to the economic blockade will be on the Assam and Nagaland government and KAAC”.
Rongphar said, “The Nagas of Nagaland have been continuing their aggression on forest land inside Daldali Reserve Forest within Assam’s territory”.
“Fresh encroachment is taking place. The district administration and law and order authority of Dimapur are giving full support. The Lotha and Tangkhul communities are taking the lead in the land encroachment inside Daldali Reserve Forest,” he said.
Rongphar stated, “The encroachers have occupied our forest land after removing the border pillar No. 1 and No. 3. They claimed that the area is not forest land and belongs to Nagaland. The Nagaland government has issued land pattas to them. We strongly condemn such act by Nagaland government. It is in 1923 in undivided Assam, that the Daldali was declared as a Reserve Forest. When Nagaland state was created by bifurcating part of Assam in 1963 Daldali Reserve Forest was inside Assam”.
Land pattas issued to the encroachers by the Nagaland Government was an unfortunate matter, stated Rongphar.
The Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio was condemned for helping and encouraging Nagas for gradually intruding in the reserve forest of Assam.
In another demand the KSA said that actions should be taken by the Consultative Committee constituted by KAAC on border issues.