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Forum seeks to resolve dispute

Golaghat, Dec. 27: The Dhansiri Mahkuma Simanta Gaonburha Sanstha, a joint forum of 245 village heads of A, B and C sectors of the Assam-Nagaland interstate border, is in favour of an amicable and permanent solution to the age-old border dispute.

For this, they have appealed to take a mutual initiative based on compromise and understanding.

The forum stated this at a news conference held here today. At a time when the respective governments are determined not to let go of an inch of land, the opinion of the village heads of the border areas holds much significance.

“We are tired of the decade-long dispute between both the states and wish for an immediate settlement of all problems. We have been witnessing interstate disputes since our birth yet no solution has been arrived at so far. Therefore, we have undertaken this initiative so that our future generation can live peacefully,” Hiren Rabha, secretary of the forum said.

The forum also alleged that Dispur has been adopting a step-motherly attitude towards the village heads of the border areas.

They have been denied of the status of government village heads, whereas the Nagaland government has recognised the official status of the village heads of their side and provided them with lots of facilities.

The indifference of the state government towards the people living in the border area is evident from the fact that till today only a single border magistrate has been appointed for the A, B and C sectors and it is quite impossible and impracticable for him to oversee the large area, the forum alleged.

For administrative convenience, the Assam-Nagaland border area has been constituted into six sectors — A, B, C, D, E and F spread over the districts of Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong in Assam. The forum will organise the 34th Martyr Day on January 5 in Uriamghat to commemorate those people who lost their lives in one of the worst clashes between the two states on January 5, 1975, known as Chungajan Carnage, where several villages such as Chungajan Tiniali and Chungajan Mikir were attacked.

Official records revealed that as many as 69 villagers were killed and about 23,500 people of the area and its neighbourhood fled to safety.

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