Kohima: Amid a temporary de-escalation of tension along the NagalandAssam border, a friendly cricket match was held between the two states and the neutral forces on Friday renewing friendship and ties.

The cricket match was held at Yanpha following a border-magistrate (BM) level meeting to resolve issues along the border. “We have agreed to maintain peace and cordial relationships in the border areas,” said Meyazungba Jamir, Border magistrate and SDO(C) at Ralan.

He added that the match was held following the BM-level meeting, which was attended by border magistrates and police officials of Sector A, B and C and its counterparts from Assam, along with neutral forces.

The cricket match in progress

The meeting was followed by a friendly cricket match where the border magistrates of both the states, Nagaland police, Assam police and the neutral forces played together. “The match was conducted with the hope to maintain friendship and peace along the border areas here,” he added.

Speaking with EastMojo, Hanuman Singh Rawat, CRPF DIG, said that the cricket match which brought both the states together is a good start. “Border issues will remain. For us, we have to see that it is settled amicably and peacefully so that harmony prevails in the area,” he said.

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As administrative officers and police officials from both states and neutral forces united over the game, he said: “This is towards striving for harmony, betterment and development in the area. It was a great match.”

While he hoped that the border issue would be resolved for a peaceful environment, he said that more such engagements, beyond sports, are likely to be initiated to strengthen ties.



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