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Situation remains tense at Assam-Nagaland border, main highway blocked

Aug 22, 2014 07:49 AM IST India India
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Guwahati: The situation along the Assam-Nagaland border remains tense after three people were killed in police firing and the main highway between the two states remains blocked. The situation remains tense even as the Chief Ministers of both states decided to put in place a joint mechanism to prevent similar flare ups. But the anger is palpable among the locals.

On Thursday, CNN-IBN learnt that the Ministry of Home Affairs report on the conflict has thrown light on certain newly surfaced facts. Sources have said that the report questions detractors of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, saying that Congress workers could be the ones creating trouble.

"We are monitoring the situation. I will be meeting both the CMs today. Central forces are working under the administrative control of the state. We should not indulge in blame game and should coordinate and try to solve this issue as soon as possible", said Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.

Meanwhile, the Army conducted its first flag march on Thursday. Police cleared roadblocks set up on the national highway to block traffic.

Assam DGP, Guwahati, Khagen Sharma said, "The problem that we have witnessed in this sector on the Assma-Nagaland border is nothing new but there should be a joint effort to bring back peace."

Three people were killed and six had been injured in clashes on Wednesday when a mob tried to set ablaze the deputy commissioner's office and a police station and targeted a hospital, after which indefinite curfew was clamped in the areas. Earlier, too, nine people from Nagaland were allegedly killed by armed groups in Assam last week.

The mob was protesting against Tuesday's police action at Rangajon where people were allegedly dragged out of their homes and beaten up, besides rubber pellets fired injuring 22 persons.

Protests were also against the alleged failure of the state government to protect people living on Assam-Nagaland border at Uriamghat against the attack by alleged miscreants from Nagaland killing nine persons and rendering over 10,000 homeless on August 12.

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