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Kohima, August 12, 2019:

The Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), an influential tribal body, has intensified its demand to bifurcate the state for the creation of “Frontier Nagaland” state. The demand of the influential tribal organization is perceived to be in conflict with the demand of major rebel group National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) which envisages the integration of Naga-inhabited areas for the creation of a “Greater Nagaland”.

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After the ENPO took a decision on non-participation in Independence Day celebration under its jurisdiction which comprises the four “backward” eastern Nagaland districts of Tuensang, Mon, Kiphire and Longleng, the Centre has invited the tribal organisation to Delhi on August 13 for talks. The organization had ordained that the ENPO area shall abstain from participating in the Independence Day celebration in the event the government of India failed to expedite the process of carving out a separate state for the people of Eastern Nagaland.

It is to be mentioned that the four ‘downtrodden’ districts together were once Tuensang which was a part of NEFA until being attached to the Naga Hills district in 1957. When Nagaland attained statehood in 1963, it became a part of the state. The ENPO has said that decades of neglect of the region forced them to raise the demand of Frontier Nagaland state.

Meanwhile, the representatives of the ENPO have left for national capital New Delhi on Monday to meet representatives of the Indian Government.

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