Assam and Nagaland Collaborate To End Border Violence

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The ssam and Nagaland governments agreed to take all steps to defuse the current tense situation in the bordering area of the two states and cooperate in curbing the activities of militants, officials said.

During a Chief Secretary-level meeting between the two neighbouring states, held in Guwahati on November 17, the two states agreed to defuse the tense situation in the border areas.

The meeting was held in pursuance of the decision taken during the meeting of the Union Home Minister with the Chief Ministers of both States on October 27 in New Delhi.

In presence of the Chief Secretary of Assam Jitesh Khosla and his Nagaland counterpart, Toshi Aier, the Principal Secretary of Home & Political department of Assam M.G.V.K. Vanu briefed the meeting about the prevailing law and order situation subsequent to the incident of November 13 at Uriam Ghat area in Golaghat District where one person was killed and three others were injured by miscreants, suspected militants, while harvesting crops in the area.

The incident also resulted in nearly 200 persons seeking shelter in relief camps at Uriam Ghat.

After the discussion, both sides agreed to make all efforts for creation of a conducive atmosphere for restoration of harmonious relations among the people and for the safe and early return of the displaced people to their respective villages.

The Government of Nagaland also requested assistance to apprehend the culprits alleged to be responsible for the incident.

During the meeting, it was reiterated that such mischievous elements should not be allowed to create misunderstanding amongst the people living in border areas.

It was also agreed to intensify point-to-point contact of Border Magistrates, share information and strengthen the deployment of central forces.

Discussions took place in a very cordial atmosphere with both the Chief Secretaries agreeing to take all steps to defuse the tension and maintain peace in the area along the Inter State Border and ensuring that local disputes are dealt with promptly.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.