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Border violence: Locals slam Assam police

Aug 21, 2014 08:40 PM 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 on Wednesday. Even as the Chief Ministers of both states have decided to put in place a joint mechanism to prevent similar flare ups, the anger is palpable among the locals.

CRPF soldiers were attacked by angry locals at Namaligarh. The army conducted a flag march to clear the roads and calm tempers. The anger is palpable among tribals of the tea gardens, who lost two members.

"The police beat us up badly, they treated us like dogs. They even ill-treated our women," said one of the locals. "The Assam police is responsible for this. They haven't protected us at all - they have in fact subjected us to a great deal of injustice," said another local resident.

A 12 hour bandh was called by opposition parties even as Chief Ministers of Assam and Nagaland met to defuse the crisis. Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiju was also present there.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said, "Good beginning, positive beginning, both sides are keen to settle the dispute. This is long going issue, cannot be solved in one day."

"It is very positive to see that both the Chief Ministers gave agreed that the historical problems because of which such incidents are occurring should be resolved," Rijiju said.