The Telegraph
Wednesday , August 27 , 2014
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Call for end to border feud

Golaghat, Aug. 26: Representatives of eight organisations today submitted three memoranda to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Rajnath Singh and Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi demanding a permanent solution to the Assam-Nagaland boundary problem.

In the four point-charter submitted to the Prime Minister and Union home minister, the organisations demanded a permanent solution to the boundary problem, ensure the safety of lives and property of the people living along the border areas, a visit by a ministry team to the area on a stock-taking situation, immediate withdrawal of the CRPF posted as neutral force and deploy any other security forces along with Assam Police Battalion on the border.

The eight organisations are All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu), All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union, All Rabha Students’ Union, Chutia Jati Satro Sangtha, Rabha Jatiyo Parishad, Border Co-ordination Committee and All Adivasi Students Association.

In the memorandum submitted to Gogoi, they have given a deadline of a week to the state government to give a positive response in respect of their demands, otherwise they would launch a mass movement against the government.

AASU central executive member Raju Phukon said along with the stated demands, they also asked the chief minister to publish a white paper on the status of the title suit filed in the Supreme Court to determine and delineate the constitutional boundary of each state.

“Every time there is trouble on the border, Tarun Gogoi says the matter is sub-judice and we don’t have any role apart from maintaining status quo,” he said.

In September 2006, the Supreme Court had set up a three-member commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to delineate the boundary of Assam and Nagaland. The commission had submitted its report to the court but a final decision has not yet been made.

On the other hand, the two students — Ajoy Gour and Philson Kujur — students of Classes IX and X respectively and residents of number 2 Chainpur village, who went missing near the inter-state border are still to be traced even after a month. Local villagers and their parents alleged that miscreants from Nagaland have kidnapped the boys when they were on their way home from Rumanbasti, which falls in Sector B of the disputed areas belt on the Assam-Nagaland border.

Families of both the students have filed missing complaint reports in Uriamghat police station and in Ralan police station in Nagaland.

Krishna Gour, Ajoy’s father, told The Telegraph that since the government has failed to recover the boys, who he presumed to be dead, he requested them to at least bring their bodies so they can perform their last rites.

On August 12, residents of 15 nearby villages laid siege to the camp of 155 CRPF battalion posted at Uriamghat as a neutral force and shouted slogans for its alleged negligence regarding the disappearance of the two boys. When the CRPF jawans lathicharged the protesters, they started running hither and thither, when a group of miscreants from the Nagaland side allegedly fired at them, killing two villagers.

Since then, skirmishes on the border have claimed nine lives and nearly 700 houses have been razed in the arson. However, unofficial sources claim the toll to be 15.

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