Deputy commissioners of Lakhimpur district of Assam and Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh met on Friday to discuss issues related to border disputes and other linked matters.

The meeting was held on at Yupia, the headquarters of Papum Pare district.

Addressing a gathering of officers from both the states, Lakhimpur DC Dr Jeevan B impressed on the need for conducting more peace committee meetings and joint patrolling to diffuse tensions, if any, between the people living in border areas.

“The officers concerned of both the states should work in coordination and should be able to tackle any situation keeping in mind the greater interest of the people,” he said.

“They should also be able to encourage people to give more importance to peace and communal harmony,” he added.

Papum Pare DC Pige Ligu highlighted the historical aspects and age-old camaraderie between the people of Assam and Arunachal.

Echoing his North Lakhimpur counterpart Ligu also called for continuing the follow-ups on peace talks and joint patrolling by officers of both sides to prevent any flare-up in violence in border areas in the days to come.

Papum Pare Superintendent of police Jimmy Chiram stressed on creating a proper border strategy for the peaceful coexistence of people living in border areas and called for adopting the community policing strategy.

He assured full cooperation and support from his department’s end.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com