Contain unlawful activities in border areas: NES

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Itanagar, Nov 27 (UNI) Expressing concern over the rising cases of unlawful activities along the Assam-Arunachal border, the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has urged the state government to contain such activities and ensure the safety of the people.

Pointing out at the kidnapping and extortion cases being carried out by anti-social elements at Seijosa under East Kameng district, NES president Bengia Tollum, during a press conference here yesterday, said Seijosa, located along the Assam-Arunachal border, had been an easy prey for miscreants.

''Since 2001, the state government has been requested to strengthen security by posting adequate police forces along the border areas with Assam, but to no avail,'' he said.

While requesting the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) to honour the Nyishi-Bodo accord, 2002, and take steps to prevent unlawful activities across the border, Mr Tollum said the NES would re-establish links with the BSS soon for checking such crimes in the future.

Alleging that there had been frequent encroachments from the Assam side in the border areas of Arunachal, the NES president urged the state government to react strongly against such moves.

Flaying both the Assam and Arunachal governments for failing to maintain the status quo on inter-state boundary, Mr Tollum called for amicable settlement to the border issue immediately by ''sticking to the original and traditional boundary.'' He further asserted that the NES would take up the boundary issue in a ''much more vigorous manner'' while alleging that politicians on both sides were keen to keep the issue alive for electoral gains.

Meanwhile, the NES rejected the clean chit being given to state chief secretary Tabom Bam by the state government on the Dafla-to-Nyishi nomenclature issue.

The NES president questioned the high power committee, constituted to probe the chief secretary's involvement with regard to the nomenclature change, for not consulting any other organisations, including the NES, and not making the findings public.

''The state government has made a mockery of the Nyishis' sentiments by not handling the issue properly,'' he added.

UNI

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