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Tension resurfaces in Assam-Arunachal border

Villagers on the Assam side claimed that a road and culvert were being constructed by people from the Arunachal side on the land which belonged to Assam.

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Guwahati: Tension in the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border resurfaced after villagers staying in the interstate border areas in Gogamukh along Lakhimpur district clashed with each other over an issue related to construction of roads in the boundary area of the state, it was reported on Thursday.

Villagers on the Assam side claimed that a road and culvert were being constructed by people from the Arunachal side on the land which belonged to Assam.

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The people from the Arunanchal side claimed that unidentified miscreants attacked the villagers from Assam side when they tried to stop the construction of the road. Officials comment was not available till the filing of this report. This was followed by clashes between the villagers from both sides.

However, no major injuries have been reported so far. It may be mentioned here that Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on Monday had decided to conduct ground level survey on the status of inter-state boundary as a step towards resolving the vexed border row.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Pema Khandu here on Monday to discuss the issue. Following the discussion Assam, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma wrote on Twitter, “Solving boundary issues with neighbours is our priority.”

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh share a 804.1 km-long border and there are 1,200 points of disputes along it and the two states have decided to conduct ground level survey on the boundary status. “Discussed with Hon’ble CM of Arunachal Pradesh Sh @PemaKhanduBJP, who came all the way to Guwahati, measures for permanent solution to the long-pending issue,” Sarma further tweeted.

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