Neiphiu Rio in the Assembly. (File image)

The Nagaland Legislative Assembly has set up a 10-member select committee to assess all aspects of the border disputes with Assam.

After thorough deliberation on the Assam-Nagaland border issue, the Assembly unanimously adopted a three-point resolution moved by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

The house has asked the committee to submit its report within a period of three months.

The committee is headed by chief minister Neiphiu Rio as Convenor, Deputy Chief Minister Y. Patton and Opposition Leader T.R. Zeliang, as Co-Convenors of the committee.

The house resolved to request Union Home Minister Amit Shah to ensure maintenance of status quo in letter and spirit in the disputed area till settlement of the issues.

The assembly also decided that the border issue should be resolved amicably.

The Chief Secretaries of Assam and Nagaland had on July 31 signed an agreement to deescalate the tense situation prevailing at two locations in the Dessoi valley forest/ Tsurangkong valley by simultaneously withdrawing security forces within the next 24 hours.

Earlier in the Nagaland Assembly, Opposition MLA Imkong L Imchen initiating a discussion on matters of urgent public importance pertaining to the Nagaland-Assam border in the house said the border issue between the two states has been occurring from time to time while continuous harassment has been meted against the Naga people passing through Assam side.

He also alleged that after Himanta Biswa Sarma becoming the chief minister has started flaring up border issues with all the neighbouring North Eastern States “with the intent of declaring war against the neighbours surrounding Assam”.

Imchen also questioned the intention of Assam CM’s announcement to deploy 4000 commandos in all the bordering areas of North Eastern state.

“I don’t think his commandos would be distributing sweets, rashagulla, samosa or chicken fries but would engage in something else… This is a direct challenge against all the NE states,” he said.

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