Guwahati: A group of women from Nagaland tried to stop the convoy of Assam Principal Secretary M G V K Bhanu when he went to villages rocked by last month's violence along the inter-state border in Golaghat district.
"When we visited the area yesterday, a group of 15-20 Naga women tried to stop the convoy of Bhanu," Assam Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Ajit Prasad Rout said.
He said it was a minor issue and the road was cleared immediately without using any force.
"They were basically objecting to our using a particular road to Rongsyan village in Nagaland and suggested we take another route," he said.
Rout said the high-level official team from Assam government went and met heads of two bordering villages in Nagaland and decided to hold a meeting between heads of all the affected 20-22 villages from both sides along the border on September 22.
This morning, Bhanu and Rout held a meeting on law and order at Golaghat attended by all the DCs and SPs of Upper Assam districts where it was decided to strengthen the security.
In the meeting, officials from Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao took part, Rout said.
When contacted, Jorhat SP Amanjeet Kaur said, "The meeting primarily discussed the border issue. Each district presented their law and order scenario. We were told to beef up security to reduce crime rate."
Altogether 11 persons have died and many were injured when miscreants from other side opened fire and set ablaze over 200 houses in villages on Assam side along the inter-state border at Uriamghat area in Golaghat district.
The incident was followed by large-scale violent protests in Golaghat district with police firing on mobs resulting in deaths of at least three persons.