Assam, Nagaland officials meet over border firing on MLA

A delegation of the Assam government, led by special director general of police (law and order) GP Singh, on May 28 visited the area along the Assam-Nagaland border where alleged encroachers fired upon Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi on May 27.

Singh was accompanied by Jorhat deputy commissioner Ashok Barman and superintendent of police Ankur Jain. The officials held discussions with their Nagaland counterparts on encroachment by people from the neighbouring state in Dessoi Valley Reserve Forest in Mariani Revenue Circle.

Later, speaking to the media, Singh claimed that encroachment by the people of Nagaland had taken place in the reserve forest in violation of the protocols and orders of the Supreme Court and the matter was extensively discussed with the officials of the neighbouring state.

“It was also decided to hold a DC/SP-level meeting of both Jorhat and Nagaland’s Mokokchung districts within three days, followed immediately by IG border level meeting,” Singh said.

The divisional forest officers (DFOs) of Jorhat and Mokokchung would carry out joint visits in the area to ensure that there was no further encroachment, he said.

“The representatives from Nagaland have been strongly advised to disengage from the area immediately,” Singh added.

A detailed report on the encroachment and violation of the Supreme Court orders would be submitted formally to the state government by the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police so that legal steps can be taken, he said.

The special DGP also directed the Jorhat SP to officially send a letter to his Mokokchung counterpart for an inquiry into the firing incident on the MLA to ascertain who had opened fire and whether the weapons used were licensed.

“A case has been registered at the Mariani police station and it would be investigated immediately. We hope to resolve the issue soon,” he added.

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