CM Neiphiu Rio expresses serious concern over allegations of Assam Govt. on Nagaland encroaching 594.90 sq km of land

Kohima, August 8: The Nagaland Assembly today expressed serious concern over the allegations of Assam government that Nagaland has encroached 594.90 sq km of land along the inter-state border area.

Opposition MLA Imkong L Imchen raised the issue on the last day of the Assembly quoting newspaper reports published on July 29 on Assam Minister for Border Protection and Development, Chandra Mohan Patowary replying in the Assam Assembly that Nagaland was occupying the largest area of 594.90 sq km out of the total of 832.67 sq km.

Imchen said the Naga people and Government of Nagaland are of the firm opinion to have good neighbourly relation with all the neighbouring states as we have to live together in tranquility for years to come.

Citing that the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Nagaland Legislative Assembly a matter which is under adjudication should not be discussed in the House, he hoped that Assam Legislative Assembly must also be having similar rules. He however lamented that the Assam Assembly allowed such questions and permitted the state minister to reply to it.

Thanking and appreciating the concern expressed by NPF legislator in the House, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio also expressed serious concern saying the matter is in the court and it is subjudiced but Assam Assembly entertained the question. Justifiying that Nagaland has already submitted its claims with supporting documents before the Supreme Court.

Chief Minister assured the House that the state government is making all possible measure to fight the case and that the statement of the Assam Minister will not, in any manner, affect the outcome of the Court’s hearing.

(News Source: AIR Kohima)