Sunday, September 26, 2010

Assam govt to raise special force for boundary protection

Making the stand of the Assam government clear on the boundary dispute with the neighbouring states, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today announced raising a special task force and a special cell to protect the borders of the state. Following some recent skirmishes at the borders of the state with the neighbouring states, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday made the government’s stand clear on the issue. Addressing a press conference, the chief minister said that the government would never make any compromise on the state’s constitutional boundary. His reaction came in the wake of the border skirmishes at Charaipung on Assam-Arunachal border, Merapani at Assam-Nagaland border and Langpih at Assam-Meghalaya border. The chief ministers announce the decision of the government to raise a special protection force and a special cell for monitoring the encroachment in the border areas. While admitting that the manpower shortage and hilly terrains had hampered the patrolling of the inter-state border areas, Gogoi hoped that the new move would help in protecting the boundary of the state from further encroachment by the neighbouring states. At Charaipung of Assam’s Sibasagar district, some miscreants from Arunachal side had last month had attacked some villagers along the border, creating panic among the local people. Similar skirmishes are often reported at Merapani sector. A few months ago, a clash occurred at Langpih of Assam-Meghalaya border in which five Meghalaya villagers were killed in Assam Police firing.


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