Bhalukpung (Assam-Arunachal border), June 5 � A high-level meeting was held today here at Bhalukpung IB between the top civil and police officials from both the States including DCs and SPs of Sonitpur district of Assam and East Kameng and Papumpare districts of Arunachal Pradesh to discuss the years -long vexed border dispute.
The meeting was held in the wake of a tense situation in the disputed Bogijuli area along Assam-Arunachal border, some 15 km north from Behali under Gohpur subdivision in Sonitpur district, following the last Saturday�s attack on the villagers by Arunachalis in which about 12 houses were destroyed and several Assamese people including two women were allegedly assaulted.
The meeting was attended by DC Tapan Chandra Sharma, SP AP Tewary of Sonitpur district, SDO (Civil), Biswanath Chariali, Abhijit Baruah, DFO Aniruddha Dey, DC and SP respectively of East Kameng district, Pope Bam and T Remgru, OC Seppa, ADC, Seijusa, EAC Bhalukpung and Range Officer of Bhalukpung. It was the first meeting between the two States held in a bid to discuss the border row and find out a permanent solution to the years-long vexed problem.
The meeting presided over by the DC, Sonitpur, TC Sharma, after a threadbare discussion on the issue came to the conclusion that the disputed area would be treated almost like �No man�s land� until further order from the Supreme Court on the issue. The officials agreed to initiate steps to maintain peace and tranquility among the villagers of both sides with police forces from both the States playing a vital role. The meeting unanimously took certain decisions including checking of fresh encroachment in the area, maintenance of �status quo�, joint patrolling in the disputed area, awareness meeting among the people living near the disputed area, etc.
Addressing the meeting delegations from both sides opined that either side should avoid any fratricidal incidents following land demarcation, etc., which finally results in a negative impact on the people.