Amid raging wildfire, Naga & Manipuri villagers debate over jurisdiction of Dzukou Valley

Amid raging wildfire, Naga & Manipuri villagers debate over jurisdiction of Dzukou Valley

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IMPHAL: An official team of the government of Manipur led by DC Senapati, who went to the burning Dzukou valley to provide rations for the NDRF team and officials engaged in fighting the wildfire, faced stiff resistance from some people of Nagaland on Sunday, resulting in a heated argument between people of Manipur and Nagaland.

DC Senapati Thokchom Kirankumar led a team to Dzuko valley, but was intercepted by armed persons who claimed to be residents of Nagaland villages. This resulted in a heated argument between the two sides, especially the villagers.

Kirankumar told the Naga villagers that they were there to assist the NDRF team in dousing the wildfire.

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However, the Nagaland natives maintained that Manipur is unnecessarily creating unrest in the valley while claiming that the valley belongs to Nagaland.

Manipuri villagers challenged their Nagaland counterparts about their jurisdiction in the valley and insisted that they will enter the valley. Although things got heated between the two sides, the Manipur police stepped in and was able to prevent things from spiralling further out of control.

The DC then told the Nagaland villagers that they were not there to claim jurisdiction but to help the NDRF team who are fighting the fire

Later, the Nagaland villagers withdrew their resistance and the official team were able to move ahead and reach their destination.

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