Assam & Nagaland discuss interstate border issues, to take steps to maintain peace

Assam and Nagaland held a Chief Secretary Level Meeting on Friday in Dimapur to discuss inter-state border issues and coordination between the states in areas of mutual interest.

The meeting discussed several important issues pertaining to the Disputed Area Belt (DAB) and the provisions of the Special Operating Procedure (SOP) for deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in the DAB along the Assam- Nagaland border. Law enforcing agencies of both the States mutually agreed to improve coordination to check drug trafficking and movement of ultras.

The Assam team was led by Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna and consisted of Additional Chief Secretary Home, Jishnu Barua, Director General of Police, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, DCs and SPS of bordering district and other senior officials.

The team from Nagaland was led by Chief Secretary Temjen Toy and consisted of DGP T John Longkumer, Principal Secretary Home, Abhijit Sinha, and other senior officials of the State along with the DCs and SPs of Mon, Longleng, Mokokchung, Wokha, Dimapur and Peren.

The Assam government proposed joint patrolling by police personnel in the DAB, regular border meetings between DCs, SPs, and Border Magistrates of the two States.

The Nagaland government emphasized on maintaining neutrality by the security forces and also asked to avoid unilateral action.

The meeting decided to encourage frequent sports and cultural exchanges between the people of the two States living in the border areas.

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