Tension along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border triggered by the murder of a truck driver eased on Saturday, but roads to part of Nagaland continued to be blocked by Assam-based groups.
Assam-based NGOs imposed an economic blockade in central Arunachal Pradesh after an Assamese truck driver, Dhruba Pathak, was gunned down after an argument with a resident near Tuting in Upper Siang district from Arunachal Pradesh on November 14.
Authorities in Assam’s Dhemaji district and their counterparts in seven districts of Arunachal Pradesh, including East Siang, met on Friday to defuse the tension. The arrest of the gunman and assurances given by senior officials to ensure the safety of truckers forced the agitation groups to lift the blockade on Saturday.
But Assam-based groups continued to block the movement of trucks carrying essential items to central Nagaland to protest the “relentless encroachment” of supposedly state-backed Naga groups.
Camp in the forest
Tensions in areas of Jorhat District, Assam, bordering Nagaland, had been boiling since November 10, after Nagaland police were accused of setting up a camp inside a reserved forest in Assam.
“The blockade of a highway to Nagaland continues. I invited the DC [Deputy Commissioner] and police superintendent [Mokokchung district, Nagaland]. They will come next week to solve the problem, ”Jorhat deputy commissioner Roshni Aparanji Korati said. The Hindu.
In the meantime, student organizations from the two states have come together to resolve the border crisis between Karbi Anglong district in Assam and the southern part of Nagaland. An economic blockade by more than a dozen groups in Karbi Anglong was temporarily suspended on November 19.
A strategic national highway, the lifeline of Nagaland, passes through Karbi Anglong.