Nagaland Gate at Dimapur
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The situation remained tense as hundreds of people from Assam gathered at Nagaland Gate in Lahorijan protesting detention of 30-40 non-Naga people by Nagaland Police in the name of ILP.

The protestors from the border areas in Assam’s West Karbi Anglong district blocked the NH39 and prevented Nagaland vehicles from entering Assam at Lahorijan near Dimapur town.

“The people blocked the road and did not allow vehicles to enter Assam as a mark of protest against detention of 30-40 people from Assam in the name of implementation of ILP in Dimapur,” said sources.

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Sources said the mob also did not allow Naga people from entering Assam in protest.

“The protestors stopped the vehicles having Nagaland registration at the Nagaland Gate,” added sources.

The tense situation continued for several hours and after the arrival of an Assam police team, the mob was dispersed.

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The non-Naga people residing in Dimapur and who visit the town on regular basis have alleged that they have been harassed in the name of Inner Line Permit (ILP), which is being implemented in Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland.

ILP Dimapur
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Our Diphu correspondent adds: With the ILP being implemented at Dimapur in Nagaland, the people residing in the Assam-Nagaland border have faced a difficult time.

Many non-Naga people reside in Dimapur as it is a business hub in the area and a large number of people visit the busy town from Assam on a daily basis.

The Nagaland police allegedly detained many visitors from Assam and fined them at the Nagaland Gate in Lahorijan.

“But even after paying the fines they were not released,” said sources.

After which hundreds of people living in the border areas in Assam’s West Karbi Anglong district gathered to protest in the afternoon and blocked the NH 39 and prevented vehicular traffic for several hours.

Due to a large number of protesters gathered at Nagaland Gate and sensing law and order problem, an Assam police team rushed to the spot.

After the arrival of the Assam police team, the protesters were dispersed.

Sources said the police had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the mob.

“The situation is under control now,” said sources.

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