Petty crimes, road incidents used as cases of conflicts in Assam-Nagaland border issue

DIMAPUR, MARCH 12 (MExN): A peace coordination meeting of the Border Peace Coordination Committee of Assam-Nagaland (BPCC A-N) on Monday stressed on the need of both the state governments to develop a strong mechanism in order to sensitize and educate the public, particularly the civil societies, on the nature of incidents in the border areas which turns into conflict issues.

The Committee, at the meeting held at the residence of BPCC (A-N) president BP Bora at Nakachari in Jorhat district determined that petty crimes or road accidents, which have nothing to do with border issue between the two states more than often are used as a strong tool to raise the case of border conflicts, which it asserted should be discouraged.

According to a press statement issued by BPCC president BP Bora and vice president Imsu Jamir, the meeting determined that the root causes of conflicts occurring in the border area are usually cases of mere law and order problems such as vehicles belonging to Nagaland involved in road accidents in Assam areas, cattle belonging to Assamese people allegedly stolen by Naga miscreants, tea plantations in the foothills destroyed allegedly by the miscreants from Naga side, unreported/unrecorded tales of extortion on the Assamese villagers etc.

In this connection, both the state governments need to take a bigger role in sensitizing and educating the public of both states so that such incidents do not turn into border conflict issues, the Committee felt.

The BPCC (A-N) also informed that it has roped in one scholar Antora Borah who has been studying the Assam Nagaland Border conflict. She is currently doing a paper on “Assam Nagaland Border Conflict – Study of an Emergent Collectivity” from Delhi School of Economics.

~MExN

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