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Assam-Nagaland border tensions: Gogoi blames Modi govt; Centre hits back

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:32

Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal

New Delhi: Amid rising tensions on the Assam-Nagaland border, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday blamed the Central government for failing to contain violence there.

The Centre, on its part, said it could only assist the state government in containing the violence.

At least nine persons were killed on the Assam side of border on August 12 allegedly by armed groups from Nagaland.

After the killings, nearly 10,000 people fled their homes in seven villages of Golaghat district in Assam.
A news channel quoted Gogoi as saying that it is the responsibility of the Central government, not of the state government, to ensure peace in disputed areas. He lamented the fact that the Centre has not sent a single officer to the affected area.

People living along Assam-Nagaland border and the inmates of the relief camps do not have confidence in the central security forces deployed along the disputed belt, Gogoi added.

Commenting on the alleged security crackdown at the border, the CM said his government will take action if claims of police excesses are confirmed.

He, however, stressed that the police retaliated after people tried to attack them.

In response, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the responsibility to maintain law and order was the state government`s responsibility, even in disputed areas.

“The Centre can only deploy security forces, to regulate them is the state government`s job. The Centre cannot be held responsible for failing to contain violence on the Assam-Nagaland border,” the minister asserted.
The Narendra Modi government at the Centre yesterday rushed around 1,000 additional paramilitary personnel for deployment along the Assam-Nagaland border.

The decision was taken after a meeting between senior officials of the Home Ministry and Assam government in New Delhi.

The meeting also decided to take urgent steps for security and rehabilitation of the violence-hit people and restore confidence among them, sources said.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his Nagaland counterpart TR Zeliang will meet in Guwahati on August 21 to discuss the current problems in the border areas.

He is also expected to speak to the press this afternoon.

Gogoi`s convoy was attacked by protesters on Monday when he was visiting violence-hit Uriamghat.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 09:31

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