Assam Police raid Naga border villages; destroy over 200 houses

Dimapur JULY 19: Tension returned to Dimapur-Karbi Anglong border area, after over 200 structures including houses, hutments, newly built concrete houses in Sensolikum Village and Meranger Range were allegedly destroyed by Assam Police personnel Saturday. The destruction began at around 3.30 a.m. and ended at around 1.00 pm.

Assam Police personnel also reportedly used explosives and resorted to indiscriminate firing to scare away and prevent from approaching the sites where several houses were burnt down
Frontal Integrated Ranges of Meranger and Sesolikum (FIRMS) said that Assam Police personnel continued to destroy properties even after Dimapur district administration and Nagaland Police personnel arrived on the spot at around 7.00 a.m.
FIRMS accused the Dimapur district administration and police force of inaction in preventing the destruction carried out by Assam Police personnel. FIRMS has questioned the state government on what ground and why the district administration, police and IR personnel were sent, if they did not respond to the situation.
FIRMS also appealed the state government for immediate intervention so as to restore peace and normalcy in the inter-state border area.
Dimapur Pollice sources said the eviction was conducted by Assam police and forest department which began at 6 a.m. along Daldali reserved forest where 500 hutments were destroyed and burnt. Police also said Assam Police had also resorted to blank firing but no casualty was reported so far.
Intermittent gunshots and explosion sounds could be heard from not far off distance surrounding the villages of Dikoi, Aoyimsen, Rilan and Indisen villages.
Following the incident, large crowd gathered at Indisen village bordering the dispute area apparently to oppose the evition.
The visiting magistrial team led by EAC Nihokhu, Zuring Madeliang, Office in Charge of Sub Urban Police Station, Apong Ao, and the Superintendent of Police, V.Z. Angami, dissuaded the village against resorting to confrontation. They have also urged the village not to provoke the Assam counterpart to avoid further complications.
At Rilan village, the team also met the Commandant of 29 Assam Rifles BK Rattanpal and his subordinates who visited the site. The team however could not reach Dikoi due to bad road condition admit intermittent firing from the Assam police across the border.
FIR was lodged with West PS by chairman of Rilan Village Council M.Nribemo Ovung in which it said the eviction from Assam led by SP Diphu began at 3.30 a.m. Ovung said the firing went on for around three hours. He said the provocative actions of the Assam Police had been going on since the past six months and demanded that action be taken against the illegal activities carried out by Assam Police.
Meanwhile, the Chakhesang Welfare Committee, in a press release issued by its chairman, Vethatso Veyie and the general secretary, Veshekho Cho-o have condemned the act of Assam police for burning down the church during the eviction on Saturday morning.

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