Kohima: Following deputy chief minister and home minister Yanthungo Patton’s visit along Nagaland-Assam border areas at Tsurangkong range in Mokokchung district on Friday, the minister said that police forces from both the states have agreed to withdraw forces from the respective outposts.

During the visit, Patton assured that the “chief ministers of both states have agreed to withdraw their police forces and maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the border areas”, an official update from the government said.  

However, Patton said that the state police will not withdraw from the outpost till the Assam police withdraw from their outpost. The minister said that in the past agreements with Assam, the police forces from both states had agreed to withdraw from the border areas, but Assam did not withdraw its forces.

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Instead, the number of outposts increased even as the forces from Nagaland withdrew, said Patton. He goes on to say that Nagaland will not “make the mistake again”.

While saying that the patience of the Government of Nagaland or the Naga people should not be tested, he urged the people not to take law into their own hands. Further, he urged the people to approach the State Government and work together to solve the border issue.

Assuring that the border issue has been taken up at the highest level for peaceful resolution, he said that the state government is “serious about the situation unfolding” and that “it is on the watch”. During the visit, he also conducted an aerial survey of the border villages.

Nagaland Commissioner Rovilatuo Mor, IAS, also said that the difficulty faced by the people on economic blockade and harassment is also taken up at the Chief Secretary level and that the government machinery is working towards resolving the issues amicably.

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