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Students call off blockade

Golaghat, Feb. 28: The students’ groups of Karbi Anglong called off the indefinite road blockade against Nagaland this morning.

The blockade on National Highway 39 at Silonijaan and Sariahjaan and National Highway 36 at Dillai in the district was lifted at 7am by the protesters.

Eight student organisations of Karbi Anglongcalled the blockade on February 25 alleging that a vast area of the Daldalli reserve forest in district was forcefully encroached upon by some miscreants from the Nagaland side.

The eight groups included the Karbi Students Association (KSA), All Assam Dimasa Students Union (ADSU), Karbi Student and Youth Council (KSYC), All Assam Gorkha Students Union (AAGSU), Karbi Unemployed Youth Association (KUYA), All Adivaasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA) and United Students Union of Karbi Anglong (USUKA).

The decision to lift the blockade was taken after a meeting of the high-level officials of both the states, including Dimapur deputy commissioner Hushili Sema and superintendent of police V.Z. Angami and Karbi Anglong deputy commissioner Prasanta Kumar Buragohain and superintendent of police Mugdha Jyoti Mahantalast evening at Bokajan.

In the meeting, the Dimapur district administration sought some time to look into the allegation of encroachment at the reserve forest along the Assam-Nagaland interstate border.

“As a goodwill gesture and honouring the age-old brotherly relationship with the Naga people, we have decided to withdraw the ongoing road blockade after the fruitful negotiation with the Dimapur district administration. We hope that the Nagaland government takes prompt steps to evict the encroachers from the Daldalli reserve forest,” the president of Karbi Students Association, Bidyasing Terang, said.

“We shall keep a strict vigil on their activities and if they fail to keep their word, we will resume the blockade,” he added.

The Karbi AnglongSP told The Telegraph over phone from Diphu that the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Dimapur visited the spot today and enquired about the ground reality and chalked out measures for eviction.

Mahanta said the police presence was strengthened in all the seven outposts along the inter-state border.