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Assam-Mizoram holds official level talks to resolve border flare up

As part of confidence building measures, both Assam and Mizoram held official level talks at Lailapur in Cachar district close to the inter-state border to resolve amicably the border flare up that broke out on Saturday night.

DGP Special (Border), Mukesh Agarwal has been camping in the troubled spot with Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli, DIG, Southern Range, Dilip Kumar Dey and other officials to defuse the tension and to bring the situation to normal.

At an official level talk held at Beat Office, Superintendent of Police, Cachar, Bhanwar Lal Meena held talks with his counterpart, SP, Kolasib, Pu Vanlalfaka Ralte and also SDO (Civil), Vairengte to resolve the matter amicably so as to avert any untoward incident in near future. Both the sides resolved to ensure that peace and tranquility prevailed along the inter-state border. In this context, they decided to go for confidence building measures to restore lasting peace along the border..

The officials of both states decided to take immediate steps for movement of stranded trucks along the inter-state border. Both the sides agreed to provide point-to-point escort to instill confidence among the truckers and helpers. Efforts are on for hassle-free movement of trucks till the late evening hours.

The truckers’ association which took part in the meeting was taken into confidence and was urged to prevail upon the truckers and helpers to move on to lessen the hardship of peoples of both the states.

Talking to media persons, Special DGP (Border), Agarwal said the border issue has to be resolved through conciliatory approach and not through confrontation. He said though it may time to resolve the border row ‘as it has to go through a certain process and mechanism’, he exuded optimism that it would be resolved at the highest level.

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Agarwal said the first priority is to defuse the tension along the inter state border and to restore complete normalcy. He said concerted efforts are on to ensure movement of trucks stranded on Assam side of the border. He appealed to the people living on both sides of the border to maintain the bonhomie and camaraderie that exist between them and to live in peaceful co-existence.

There was no further trouble in the area that saw torching of houses and stalls by miscreants from other side of the border on Saturday night. Several persons sustained injuries in the attack with a seriously injured person admitted at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital.

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