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Sonowal tours border villages

Uriamghat, Aug. 24: Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal today visited trouble-torn Uriamghat along the Assam-Nagaland inter-state boundary and other villages which were vandalised and razed in the recent border conflict.

Sonowal, who is the minister of state (independent charge) for sports and youth affairs, skill development and entrepreneurship in the BJP-led government at the Centre, met people living in relief camps and took stock of the situation. During his interaction, he assured inmates in the relief camps that he would take all possible measures to ensure safety of their lives and property.

While interacting with the media, the minister said it is the duty of both states to ensure peace and tranquillity in the border area.

“Instead of sitting in Kohima and Dispur, the chief ministers should come to the border and jointly take initiatives to take up various confidence-building measures among the people of both the states living on the border so that there is peace and people can live in harmony,” Sonowal said.

The Centre is always ready to extend all possible help, he added. Sonowal said the Centre had already sent nine companies of security forces as requested by the state government and now it is their duty to lead from the front and establish peace along the border.

“Assam police should take steps to provide security to Assam villages. But as of today what I have seen during my visit, security forces were not even able to enter these villages. As far as the question of neutrality of the CRPF is concerned, we are considering it seriously. If there is involvement of a third party behind the incidents on the border, Tarun Gogoi should detect and arrest them,” Sonowal said.

Representatives of altogether six organisations — All Assam Students’ Union, All Bodo Students’ Union, All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union, All Rabha Students’ Union, Chutia Jati Satro Sangtha and Rabha Jatiyo Parishad — today demanded a permanent solution to the Assam-Nagaland border issue.