Within a week of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah‘s visit to NorthEast during which inter-state border disputes were discussed with the state’s Chief Ministers, police forces of Assam and Nagaland have agreed to withdraw their forces from their respective outposts in the disputed Tzürangkong area along the inter-State border.
During the meeting at Chungtiayimsert in Mokokchung district on Friday deputy chief minister Y Patton informed the delegations of Ao Senden, Tzurangkong Union, Northern Sumi Union and Tzürangkong Naga Youth Front that the chief ministers of both the states have agreed to withdraw their police forces and maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the border areas.
The agreement comes at a time when Assam had held discussions with Meghalaya to resolve border disputes at their 12 areas and a clash flared up with Mizoram over another border dispute.
Both the state’s police have decided to withdraw their police forces to maintain status quo and to maintain peace amd tranquility between the two states.
DGP Nagaland, TJ Longkumer said that both the sides were to announce a breakthrough over the recent ongoing impasse at Tzürangkong area as modalities were being worked out.
A month ago, former Mariani legislator of Assam’s Jorhat along the inter state borders had alleged that Naga people had encroached Assam’s land and that they had fired shots at him.
The Deputy CM, who also holds the Home Portfolio, however, clarified that Nagaland Police would not withdraw from their outpost unless Assam Police withdrew.
He alleged that in the past when both police forces had agreed to withdraw from the border areas following agreements, Assam did not withdraw its forces and had in fact increased the number of outposts.
“We will not make the same mistake again,” he asserted.
Patton said others should not test the patience of Nagaland government or Naga people, even as he called upon the people not to take law into their own hands but to approach the State government and work together to solve the issue.