Assam and Nagaland have agreed to withdraw their police outposts from border: Dy CM Patton
In an effort to avoid any possible tension between the two states, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma have agreed to withdraw their respective police outposts from their long-disputed border and maintain a peaceful atmosphere on the border, Nagaland's Deputy CM Y. Patton said on Friday.
The Nagaland police will withdraw from their outpost as and when its Assam counterpart does so, Patton informed.
The statement by Nagaland deputy CM came days after a violent conflict between the police forces of Assam and Mizoram in which seven people - six policemen and a civilian were killed and left as many as 50 people injured.
Patton claimed that in the past agreements between the two states, both police forces had agreed to withdraw from the border areas, but Assam did not do it and has rather increased its power while Nagaland withdrew its forces.
"We will not make the mistake again," he said at the meeting held at Chungtiayimsen in Mokokchung district.
Patton, however, did not mention when the chief ministers of the two northeastern states decided to withdraw the forces from the border, but the two met twice in Guwahati and Shillong last week.
(Edited by Aparmita Das)
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