The North-East Students’ Organisation (NESO) has sought the Union government’s intervention on the interstate boundary disputes involving the states of Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in the effort to resolve the issue.
The NESO, representing eight major student unions in the North-eastern states, on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The letter to the Union home minister mentioned that the prolonged state boundary dispute issue has caused immense hardship and suffering to the people residing in these disputed border areas, even to the extent of losing precious lives.
The NESO said that it has been striving for people-to-people contact in these areas and has been urging the respective state governments to solve this vital issue, but till date, nothing concrete has been reached between the respective state governments.
The letter also mentioned that various agreements were reached between the respective state governments to maintain a status quo in the disputed areas but these agreements were time and again not honoured, resulting in tension and damage of people’s property living in the affected areas.
The respective state governments should honour their own commitments and maintain a status quo and all the recent advances or encroachments made are to be withdrawn to bring the situation back to normalcy till a clear and acceptable solution is arrived at, it added.
Many of the disputed areas are being occupied by illegal migrants from Bangladesh, posing a threat not only to the demography but also to the security of the region, the NESO added.
The NE student body consists of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU) and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU).
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