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.
The decision was taken in Guwahati on Thursday at a meeting between the chief ministers of both states in the presence of Union minister of state, home affairs, Kiren Rijiju.
After the meeting Rijiju said the Centre would extend support to both the governments to contain the situation. "We want early restoration of peace and tranquility in the violence-affected areas. The Centre will give all possible help towards this end," he said.
The chief minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi and his Nagaland counterpart, TR Zeliang said both the states would continue with meetings from the chief secretary level down to the deputy commissioner level.
Gogoi said the first priority was to restore peace and tranquility and to send back displaced people to their homes. "We are making efforts to instill confidence among the affected people and to restore normalcy in the trouble-torn areas along the inter-state border," he said.
Nagaland CM Zeliang said both the sides were in constant touch after the August 12 incident, and talks were on at the political and administrative level. He said his government had apprehended 15 persons who were allegedly involved in the incident in which miscreants from Nagaland killed nine people and rendered thousands homeless.
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.