Kohima, Feb 16 (PTI) A Nagaland government employee
was manhandled and abducted by people of neighbouring Manipur
from a disputed border area following an altercation over
cutting of firewood, the Nagaland assembly was informed on
The employee, a ''dobashi'' (interpreter) by post, was
taken away by the residents of Tungjoy village in Manipur''s
Sepanati district at around noon on Monday and he was released
late at night following intervention of the governments of the
two states, Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister in-charge of Home,
Y Patton, said.
Patton made the statement after opposition Naga
People''s Front (NPF) MLA Chotisuh Sazo raised at the Zero Hour
the issue of the dobashi''s abduction near Khezhakeno village
in Chida area of Phek district.
Sazo also asked the government about measures taken by
it to settle the boundary dispute between the two states.
He said that around two years ago, a group of people
from Tungjoy village had burnt down structures erected for a
proposed visit of the Nagaland governor to a lake in the same
The deputy chief minister said that around 150-200
people of Khezhakeno village of Nagaland went to Kahuzo forest
area in Tungjoy to get firewood on February 12 and when a
policeman of Manipur reached the spot and tried to stop them,
they did not recognise his authority.
On Monday, 500 odd people of Tungjoy came to Nagaland
side and started cutting firewood, and when policemen and the
dobashi went there, the mob overpowered them, Patton said.
They took the dobashi with them while returning and he
was released at around 11.30 pm after the chief secretary and
the director general of police of both the states discussed
the issue, Patton informed the assembly.
An FIR is being registered by the superintendent of
police of Phek district, he said.
The SP has been directed to make an enquiry into the
incident and submit a report to the Police Headquarters, the
deputy CM said.
Meanwhile, the Nagaland Assembly on Tuesday passed the
Nagaland Goods and Services Tax (Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2020,
by voice vote.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio introduced the Bill on
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented in
Nagaland on 1 July, 2017.
The Centre has amended the Central Goods and Services
Tax Act, 2017 last year and requested state governments to
make corresponding amendments to their respective Acts, Rio
said. PTI NBS