Greater Nagalim row: A violent protest was triggered off in Assam by a news story in a New Delhi-based news portal in which Jagdamba Mal, a senior RSS leader, was quoted as having “revealed” an RSS draft plan that suggests including Dima Hasao in Nagalim.
Greater Nagalim row: Protests against a reported move to include Dima Hasao in the proposed ‘Greater Nagalim’ of the NSCN(IM) turned violent on Thursday (January 25). Reportedly, at least eight protesters were injured after police fired tear gas shells to disperse them as they blocked Guwahati-Silchar Fast Passenger Train at Maibang Railway station in the Dima Hasao district of Assam. As per reports, an additional SP and an additional District Magistrate also got injured in the clash. Soon after, the officials imposed indefinite curfew in Maibang.
Superintendent of Police Ankur Jain said the police resorted to firing the shots in the air along with tear gas shells as the agitators began to damage government property. He further said the mob pelted stones at the officials who tried to pacify them and in the melee injured Additional SP, Additional DC and OC of Maibang police station.
The protestors belonging to three Dimasa organisations — Jdike Naiso Hosom, the Dimasa Students’ Union and the Dimasa Mothers’ Association, had called for a 12-hour bandh in the district on Thursday to protest against the RSS. The bandh call came in response to a media report which stated that an RSS leader proposed a draft solution for the Nagaland peace process, which said that parts of Dima Haso would go to the greater Nagalim demanded by NSCN (IM) before the centre during the talks.However, the BJP and RSS have clarified the leader was not authorised to speak on their behalf.
The protests adversely impacted the movement of trains in the area. The Guwahati-Silchar Passenger train got stranded at Maibang due to the bandh since Thursday morning. The Sealdah-Guwahati-Silchar train was also terminated at Lumding, while the Silchar-Guwahati train was stranded at New Haflong.