High level Assam, Arnuchal meet to ease tension

In the wake of the simmering tension and violence along its borders, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments today decided on a joint patrol and immediate dismantling of bunkers between Charaipung and Teok river.

Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010, 18:36 PM IST

Guwahati: In the wake of the simmering
tension and violence along its borders, Assam and Arunachal
Pradesh governments today decided on a joint patrol, stopping
of public display of arms by villagers and immediate
dismantling of bunkers between Charaipung and Teok river.

A high-level meeting between the two governments was
held here to ease the inter-state border tension at Charaipung
area where it was decided that bunkers erected by Arunachal
Pradesh police between Charaipung and Teok river will be
removed immediately.
The area will also be jointly patrolled by Assam and
Arunachal Pradesh police, which can have a patrol party in the
Wangchu villages to instill confidence among the villagers,
the meeting decided, official sources said.

Similarly, Assam Police can also have a patrol party
in the small tea garden areas for bringing confidence among
the tea growers till the situation becomes normal, they said.

The meeting also decided that Arunachal government
would take necessary steps to stop public display of arms by
the villagers in the area.

It was resolved that the Assam government would take
necessary steps to immediately withdraw additional police
force deployed in the area since August 14.

To avoid firing by both the state police forces due to
any misunderstanding, the meeting decided that local police
officers would remain in constant touch.
The meeting, attended by Assam`s acting chief minister
Bhumidhar Barman and Arunachal Pradesh`s Finance Minister
Setong Sena among others, also decided that strong action
would be taken against the militants in the area if there is
any display of sophisticated arms by them or there is any
extortion attempts by them.

The meeting further appealed to organisations
concerned to withdraw their economic blockade for preventing
essential goods reaching Arunachal via Assam in the interest
of the general public of both the states.

If the appeal was not honoured, the Assam government
would take necessary steps to remove the blockade.

An appeal was also made to the media for its
cooperation in bringing normalcy in Charaipung in Assam`s
Sibsagar district where violent incidents by some Arunachali
miscreants allegedly aided by NSCN-IM militants has been
continuing since August 14, the sources said.

The meeting also decided to endorse the decisions
taken for restoring peace at the ministerial level meeting
between Arunachal home minister and Assam Law Minister Pranab
Gogoi on August 19 at Bimalapur in Sibsagar.

Besides Barman, the Assam side was represented by
Gogoi, Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain, Health Minister
Himanta Biswa Sarma and Border Area Development Minister
Gautam Roy.

The Arunachal side also included Principal Secretary
Th Wangham, Home Commissioner Tajom Taloh, IGP S B K Singh,
advisor to chief minister Tane Phassang and Arunachal Pradesh
Citizens rights activist Bamong Tago.

PTI