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Nagaland: Patton visits border areas under Mokokchung

Y Patton during the survey (PHOTO DIPR Nagaland)

Both the police forces of Nagaland and Assam have agreed to withdraw from their respective outpost in the Assam and Tzurangkong border area, said Nagaland Dy CM

Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Special Correspondent

Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister, and also Home Minister, Y Patton on Friday informed that both the police forces of Nagaland and Assam have agreed to withdraw from their respective outposts in the Assam and Tzurangkong border area.

He informed this during a meeting with Ao Senden, Tzurangkong Union, Northern Sumi Union and Tzurangkong Naga Youth Front at Chungtiayimsen under Mokokchung district.

Patton also stated that the Chief Ministers of both the States have agreed to withdraw their police forces and maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the border areas.

Patton, however, said that Nagaland police will not withdraw from their outpost unless and until Assam police withdraw from their post.

He said that in the past agreements with Assam, both state police forces had agreed to withdraw from the border areas, however, Assam did not withdraw its forces and has in fact increased their number of outposts whereas Nagaland withdrew its forces.

Stating that Nagaland will not make the same mistake, Patton also added that one should not test the patience of Nagaland government or the Nagas even as he called on the people not to take law into their own hands but to approach the state government and work together to solve the issue.

He assured the meeting that he would be available for the people anytime to ensure that the border issue is being taken up at the highest level for peaceful resolution.

Meanwhile, DGP Nagaland, T. John Longkumer, who had accompanied the Home Minister, appreciated the people of Tzurangkong range for not taking the matter into their own hands and worsening the situation.

He further disclosed that he has spoken with his counterpart in Assam on the issue of withdrawing forces along the “disputed area”.

Commissioner Nagaland, Rovilatuo Mor, highlighted that the difficulties faced by the people on economic blockade and harassment are being taken up in the Chief Secretary level of both the states and the government machinery is working towards resolving the issues amicably.

He also reiterated that physical confrontation should be avoided at any cost.

Others who also spoke in the meeting included Advisor, Dr. Longrineken, DC and SP, Mokokchung.

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