Sunday, 17 August 2014

Assam-Nagaland border violence toll touches 11

GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's help in restoring peace along the Assam-Nagaland border, after bodies of eight Assam villagers were recovered on Friday. Three bodies were recovered on Tuesday. Seven Assam villagers have been injured and over 10,000 people from more than 10 villages sheltered in 13 relief camps. The government hasn't ruled out involvement of NSCN (IM) cadres in the border flare-up.

On Tuesday, armed Naga miscreants fired at a group of people in Uriamghat on the Assam-Nagaland border in Assam's Golaghat district. CRPF is deployed along the disputed Assam-Nagaland border as a neutral force to maintain status quo. They are under the direct control of the Union home ministry. Neither Assam Police nor Nagaland Police is allowed to operate in the disturbed area, spread across Golaghat, Jorhat and Sivasagar districts.

"CRPF has failed to protect the poor villagers of Assam. The situation needs to be controlled immediately so that violence does not spread to other areas," Gogoi said, adding he had taken up the matter with Union home minister Rajnath Singh and is monitoring the situation.

"I have requested the PM for 10 more companies of CRPF in the area to reinforce security. I want security pickets in all affected villages. The personnel deployed should be directed to take stern action against the miscreants in an unbiased manner," Gogoi said.

The CM said the violence-hit area falls in the 'B' sector of the Disputed Area Belt (DAB) and is located within the territorial boundary of Assam, and that there have been sporadic incidents of violence in the area in the last couple of decades. However, the CM said the current spate of violence is of greater magnitude as it has claimed several lives and rendered thousands homeless.

"The incident has created fear and panic among the people living here. Protests are continuing in different parts of the state," he said, adding that lives and property would not have been lost if CRPF had been 'prompt, proactive and unbiased'.

"We are extending our cooperation to CRPF. We are in touch with the Nagaland government as well," he said.

The locals were demanding that CRPF personnel disclose the whereabouts of two children who had been kidnapped last month, when the Naga miscreants fired at them. Gogoi,prime minister Narendra Modi,CRPF,Assam-Nagaland border violence



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