The state governments of Assam and Nagaland have mutually agreed to resolve the border row amicably and to form a joint mechanism to work out a solution.
Gogoi and Zeliang appealed to the protestors to 'calm down' and to help the administration in restoring peace and tranquility. Both the chief ministers called for more powers to the CRPF to deal with any exigency.
MoS Home, Rijiju said the coming together of both states had sent a clear signal that they wanted a resolution across the table. "The decision to form a joint mechanism to resolve the border issues is a step in the right direction," he said.
Rijiju also appealed to the agitators not to resort to economic blockade causing inconvenience and hardship to the people of neighbouring states. He also called for vigilance against anti-social elements taking advantage of the situation.
Fresh clashes between police and public
Despite continuation of indefinite curfew in strife-torn Golaghat, the district saw fresh incidents of clashes between police and protestors on Thursday.
The 12-hour-long Assam bandh called by the Asom Gana Parisad and the All Assam Tea Tribe Students’ Association evoked a strong response.
The bandh was called to protest the actions of the police and the CRPFs against people protesting the Assam government’s failure to protect those residing along the Nagaland border.
Protestors staged blockades on the NH 39 at Telegram. Three policemen and a CRPF jawan were injured in stone-pelting incidents.
At Doigrang too people came out to the streets in defiance of the curfew.
In Golaghat, the indefinite curfew imposed in one sub division on Wednesday was extended to two other sub divisions on Thursday.
The Army staged a flag march in the all sensitive areas in the district.