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The Lakhimpur district Forest department carried out a demolition drive at structures constructed on encroached land in Kakoi Reserve Forest on the Assam-Arunachal inter-state boundary.

The structures were constructed by Arunachal Pradesh to be used as for the Nyokum festivities.

The demolition included a grain store and toilets constructed near the Nyokum Namla at Nyokum festival ground in the Kakoi area.

Two watching huts allegedly erected by encroachers were also demolished in that eviction drive.

The Lakhimpur Forest Division launched an eviction drive against illegal encroachment by a section of people from across the interstate boundary at the Kakoi-Rajgarh area on Tuesday.

The team of officials led by Lakhimpur Forest Ranger Bob Christie Kutum pulled down some establishments constructed by the encroachers.

The eviction drive and demolition of structure in encroached land in Assam’s Lakhimpur district by the forest department takes place just three days after the firing incident on the personnel of Assam Forest Department in Rnaga Reserve Forest allegedly by intruders from Arunachal Pradesh while felling trees.

Earlier on March 11, there was another incident of boundary dispute in which the Assam Forest department officials were alleged of obstructing the construction of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) road by Arunachal Pradesh authority in Bogoli-Denka area on the inter-state boundary between Lakhimpur district and Papum Pare district.

On Wednesday one platoon of security personnel was deployed in the inter-state boundary area near Kakoi by the Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh to maintain law and order.

Farhana Ahmed is Northeast Now Correspondent in North Lakhimpur. She can be reached at: