Guwahati: The chief secretaries and police chiefs of Assam and Mizoram attended a meeting called by the Union Home Ministry on Wednesday to resolve the ongoing border conflict between the two states which left six policemen and a civilian dead recently.

The meeting, called by Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla to mediate in the dispute between Assam and Mizoram, decided that both states will continue to discuss a way to resolve the border dispute through dialogue.

Meanwhile, Assam and Mizoram have been told to withdraw their respective police forces from the disputed border site, while central paramilitary troops will continue to be deployed there, till a permanent solution is found, a senior official told EastMojo.

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Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla chaired the meeting, which was attended by Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah and Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta and their respective Mizoram counterparts Lalnunmawia Chuaungo and SBK Singh, officials said.

The official said that both Mizoram and Assam have agreed to resolve the dispute through dialogue.

CRPF director general Kuldiep Singh also present in the meeting along with other senior officials, as the personnel of the paramilitary force have been deployed along the border areas where tension is high.

“The deployment of a neutral central paramilitary force will be supervised by a senior officer,” the official noted.

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“The central government is concerned over the border dispute, which led to violence and death of six people. The objective of the meeting was to lower the tension, bring peace and possibly find a solution,” another official said.

Six Assam Police personnel and a civilian were killed and over 50 others were injured on both sides as violent clashes between the states turned deadly on Monday. The violence came two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah held talks with chief ministers of eight northeastern states and underscored the need to resolve lingering border disputes.

Assam’s Barak Valley districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi share a 164-km long border with three Mizoram districts of Aizawl, Kolasib and Mamit.

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