Assam-Nagaland to immediately withdraw states’ forces from border locations


Guwahati: The state governments of Assam and Nagaland on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) to de-escalate the tense situation prevailing in the Dessoi Valley Reserved Forest and Tsurangkong valley.  Both the parties agreed to withdraw police forces from these locations. There was a standoff between the armed police forces of Nagaland and Assam. The MoU was signed between Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah and Chief Secretary of Nagaland J Alam in Dimapur.

In this regard, it is decided by both sides that the security personnel of both states shall simultaneously move back from their present locations to their respective base camps. The simultaneous withdrawal of the security personnel shall begin immediately and shall be completed in the next 24 hours as far as possible.
Nagaland and Assam shall monitor the area by surveillance using UAV and satellite imagery with a view to maintaining the status quo. The Superintendents of Police of the districts of Mokokchung (Nagaland) and Jorhat (Assam) shall ensure an orderly withdrawal of their respective forces and shall be responsible for it in the instant case.

Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma shared the information through his official Twitter handle.

Taking to his Twitter CM Sarma wrote, “In a major breakthrough towards de-escalating tensions at Assam-Nagaland border, the two Chief Secretaries have arrived at an understanding to immediately withdraw states’ forces from border locations to their respective base camps. 1/2”

In another Tweet, CM Sarma added, “This is a historic step in our relations. My gratitude to HCM Sri  @Neiphiu_Rio for working with #Assam in restoring peace on the border. Assam is committed to ensuring peace along all its borders & strives for social & economic prosperity of #NorthEast region. 2/2″