Situation in Karbi Anglong gradually returning to normal
The Assam-Nagaland border, which had recently witnessed unrest following clashes between the Rengma Nagas and Karbis, is gradually returning to normal.
The Rengma Naga and Karbi families, who had taken shelter in nine relief camps following a violent clash in Karbi Anglong District on December 27, 2013, have started returning to their homes.
Over 3,000 people were displaced due to clashes between ethnic insurgent Karbi People's Liberation Tigers (KPLT) and the Rengma Naga Hills Protection Force (RNHPF).
Meanwhile, the Government of India has assured the state government of all possible help to prevent any further violence.
The security forces are providing them adequate security, and the Assam government has assured that there will be no further violence in the area.
"Around 3000 Rengma Nagas have left the camps and have headed for home, and some 600 are still in the camps. NIA or CBI enquiry will be conducted on the killing of 9 Karbis in Nagaland," said Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
The Nagaland Government has also assured that it would ensure the safety of Karbis in the state after nine of them were killed near Chumukedima near Dimapur.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio recently called on Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in Delhi to apprise him of the prevailing situation arising out of the recent ethnic clashes.
"The Home Minister said that he will deploy sufficient forces. He will also tell the Assam CM to ensure that peace prevails in that area. I hope that he will keep his commitment. When I met the Assam CM, he also assured me. So, we all are hoping that peace will prevail," said Rio.
The Union Home Minister said that the Centre is monitoring the situation, and assured necessary security support to Assam and Nagaland.
"We are watching the situation in Nagaland and border area of Assam and Nagaland, particularly Manipur. There have been incidences in between Karbi Anglong and other groups," said Shinde.
The Centre has deployed additional 10 companies of CRPF to prevent any further violence in the region.
Efforts are on to curb the menace of Karbi People's Liberation Tigers (KPLT) and the Rengma Naga Hills Protection Force (RNHPF), who are trying to divide people over ethnicity.
(Posted on 30-01-2014)