Jorhat, Aug. 7: Deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts met their counterparts of three districts in Arunachal Pradesh in Tinsukia today. They decided to set up joint coordination committees to check insurgency and other related problems along the inter-state border.
Official sources said SPs and deputy commissioners of Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh attended the meeting along with deputy inspector-general of police (eastern range) P.C. Saikia and senior army and CRPF officials.
Sources said the officials discussed ways to increase cooperation to contain insurgency and other crimes like fake currency notes distribution, drug trafficking and illegal coal trade. There have been recent reports of a spurt in Maoist activity in the two Assam districts and Ulfa (anti-talks) faction’s attempts to create trouble.
Sources also said the officials also agreed upon the proposal to have a district-level coordination committee between the border districts of both states, comprising senior civil and police officials from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The committees will meet at regular intervals and coordinate on a variety of issues. Saikia said apart from augmenting intelligence between both sides along the border to check militancy and other crimes, active interaction between civil and police officials at ground level has been mooted.
“We have also decided to jointly work to develop the tourism sector by having better connectivity, sound alerts and offer assistance during natural calamities like floods and landslides on both sides,” the DIG said.
Saikia said the constitution of the committees and their role would be worked out by both sides.
He said another district Tirap of Arunachal Pradesh that shares border with Dibrugarh, would be invited to be part of the plan.
The four Arunachal districts and the two Upper Assam districts of Tinsukia and Dibrugarh share about 300km of inter-state boundary.