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Joint mechanism needed to defuse border tension, says Rijiju


Guwahati: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju Thursday held a meeting with Assam and Nagaland chief ministers, where it was decided to work out a joint mechanism to defuse recurring tension along the border between the two states.

Addressing the media jointly with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his Nagaland counterpart T R Zeliang after the meeting here, Rijiju said: "A joint mechanism will be worked out at a senior level."

"Senior officials from both states will meet frequently at a designated place so that no lapses occur in future. The mechanism will be worked out as soon as possible. It is very heartening that both chief ministers came together and discussed the matter," he said.

On the deployment of the neutral CRPF forces along the disputed border, the Minister said, "We are looking to reinforce the central forces. We need to deploy more CRPF men there".

He assured of help whenever the chief ministers want it.

On allegations about the role of the CRPF during the recent trouble at Uriamghat border, he said, "We will take action if any from our forces does not work as per the standard procedure".

To queries on why there was recurring border tension, the Union minister said, "It is because of lack of understanding at the local level. There are some misunderstandings that flare up the issue. Rumour and counter rumours also work towards it."

The two chief ministers on their part promised to work closely to defuse tension and avoid any untoward incidents along the interstate border in future.


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