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Naga officers dump bodies on border

Guwahati, Dec. 26: Police stations and outposts along Karbi Anglong’s border with Nagaland are routinely saddled with unclaimed bodies of people killed by criminal gangs or militant groups in that state.

“We have complained about this to Nagaland police several times, but there has been no response from them,” the subdivisional police officer of Bokajan, Satyen Gogoi, said today.

Karbi Anglong shares nearly 10km of Assam’s border with Nagaland.

Gogoi said Bokajan police station had earned a bad name because of unclaimed bodies being frequently found in the areas under its jurisdiction. “The police station has to register a case whenever a body is found, though the crime may have been committed across the border.”

Bokajan is around 15km from Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland.

Last week, a team from Bokajan police rescued three persons from the clutches of two Nagaland policemen who allegedly intended to kill them on this side of the border. The team arrested the uniformed duo and impounded the official Maruti Gypsy they were using. Apprising the home department of the incident, Karbi Anglong police said the involvement of police personnel from Nagaland in “crime in Assam territory” necessitated immediate intervention. It requested the government to take up the issue with Nagaland.

“Until recently, we thought only miscreants and militants outfits dumped bodies and committed crimes in our area. But it seems even police personnel from that state are using Assam territory for crime,” the police said.

Apart from bodies being dumped, Karbi Anglong is having to contend with a network of criminals originating in Nagaland but more active on this side of the boundary.

Lahorijan, another Assam township bordering Dimapur, is known to be a haven for drug addicts and arms dealers. Most of the drug peddlers and arms dealers active in the area are from Nagaland.

Mukul Saikia, a former subdivisional police officer in Bokajan, said drug peddlers and addicts had long been converging on Lahorijan to strike deals away from the prying eyes of vigilante groups in Nagaland. “Most of the addicts and traffickers are from Nagaland. They use Lahorijan as a buying and selling point.”

Another police officer in the border affairs department said one of the proposals was to seal the state’s border with Nagaland.

The former deputy inspector-general of police (eastern range), Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, had asked residents of the districts bordering Nagaland — especially Karbi Anglong and Golaghat — to be cautious since they were near a “criminal den” like Dimapur.

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