Border tension: Shoot-at-sight orders in Charaipung

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 20:50

Guwahati: The Assam government on Tuesday
issued shoot-at-sight orders in tension-hit Charaipung sub-
division of Sibsagar district bordering Arunachal Pradesh
following border dispute between the two states.

The order was given by senior minister and government
spokesman Himanta Biswa Sarma who along with Tourism Minister
Rockybul Hussain visited the area hit by border clashes since
August 14 in which several houses have been burnt.
Taking a strong stand against repeated alleged
"incursion" into Assam territory, Sarma said the government
had taken the matter seriously and would not remain a silent
spectator.

Meanwhile, joint patrolling by police of both the
states is going on in the area which is still tense following
incidents of arson and violence.

The senior minister had a dig at Nagaland Chief
Minister Neiphiu Rio, who he alleged was instigating violence
through the help of NSCN militants.

"Rio should refrain from such activities and help in
restoring peace in the border areas", he said.

Meanwhile talking to reporters during a visit to the
border areas, Rio alleged that the Assam government had done
little to restore confidence among the people.
"The Assam government should ensure that peace
prevails on the border before levelling baseless allegations
against the neighbouring states," he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 20:50

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