Guwahati: Assam Police on Friday have advised the Nagaland side to immediately disengage from the Dissoi Valley reserve forest where suspected Nagaland-based miscreants opened fire at the Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi and a team who were visiting Assam Nagaland borders in Jorhat district on Thursday.
Following the instructions of state chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, special director general of state police GP Singh on Friday patrolled the area and admitted of illegal encroachment from the Nagaland side villagers.
He said, “An initial discussion happened with high officials of Nagaland’s administration and police and they were strongly advised to disengage from the area immediately.”
The top cop added that they have collected videos, images and GPS locations of all the areas where alleged encroachments were happening inside the forest area.
“Assam police will write to Nagaland to identify those who shot at the team led by the MLA. We are going to ask Nagaland police to inform details about the people who fired, whether they have licensed arms or not and to hand them over to us. They have agreed in principles and assured action,” Singh added.
He also informed that there will be a meeting between the border departments of both the states within Sunday. A joint patrolling by forest departments of both the states in the area was also advocated.
The special DGP said, “Following the meeting, we will prepare our report to submit before the state government. If found to be violated a previous SC order on the interstate borders, legal options will be explored to file a contempt of court petition before the SC too.”
Earlier, the Congress MLA Kurmi began his indefinite fast from Friday afternoon demanding strict action on the incident. The team led by Kurmi had gone to the bordering areas to inspect alleged encroachments by suspected Nagaland villagers. Luckily, the team fled the spot and no one received any serious injuries.
He said, “It has been over 24 hours and the state government has shamelessly done nothing. People from Assam were chased away by Naga villagers from our own land and we are still sitting idle. It’s unacceptable. Unless the government clears the encroachment and saves our land, I will continue the fast.”