Kohima, November 17 (NEx): The Indefinite Economic Blockade to Nagaland called by Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) has been temporarily called off today, November 17, 2020. The decision came after a Consultative meeting between the administration from both the districts; Dimapur and Diphu.
Publicity Secretary Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) Central Executive Committee, Sotrosing Tisso informed NagalandExpress that the economic blockade has been temporarily called off today.
Tisso informed that further decision on the protest will be decided on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 after a meeting with various Civil Society Organisations along with the DC and SP of Diphu. The administration of Dimapur is yet to confirm their presence for the meeting, said sources.
As scheduled earlier, the KSA blocked four points of passage to Nagaland, at Silonijan, Hanjanglangso (Surihajan), Dillai police point and Manja, preventing the passage of all commercial and goods vehicles except for ambulance, passenger and personal vehicles from Tuesday morning. Later in the evening, the Students Association temporarily called off the protest.
The President KSA Mr. Rongpi clarified that this is not a border dispute but truly a land encroachment and that the blockade is not against the people of Nagaland but against the government of Nagaland led by Neiphiu Rio.
During the protest, while interacting with media, Rongpi alleged that since 2013, some of the people from Nagaland have been constructing houses at Doldoli Reserve Forest and that the Government of Nagaland has given away land pattas of more than 11 lakh acres of the Reserved forest.
The students association questioned how the government of Nagaland can give land Patta of the reserve forest under Karbi Anglong and demanded for a tripartite discussion between Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, Government of Nagaland and Government of Assam.
“Till today, they have not taken any steps in order to bring this tripartite talks for permanent solution in the reserved area. This is the reason the students are holding the economic blockade today”- unquote.
Many organizations came in support of KSA for the economic blockade to Nagaland. Some of the organizations are Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Students Youth Council (SYC), Karbi Students Youth Council (KSYC), Hill Progressive Youth Association (HPYA), All India students’ Association ( AISA) and Karbi Farmer’s Association (KFA).