The second Nyishi-Bodo Accord was signed here in East Kameng district for peace in the boundary areas between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam that are home to two large ethnic tribes, Bodos and Nyishis.

The signing of the accord on Thursday was preceded by a ‘core group discussion’ and a public meeting between members of the Nyishi Elite Society (NES), Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) and All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) held earlier on the same day, a communiqué said here on Saturday.

Presided over by NES president Bengia Tolum, the meeting concluded with the bilateral resolution to bring peace and harmony in the boundary areas.

Both sides condemned the atrocities being committed on Nyishi settlements along the Assam-Arunachal boundary, particularly in Bhalukpong, Seijosa and adjoining areas of West and East Kameng districts, and Balijan and adjoining areas in Papum Pare district.

The two state governments and the Centre were also requested to ensure security in the areas.

It was also decided that a Nyishi-Bodo Coordination Committee would be formed, with the NES and BSS presidents as co-chairmen, for lasting peace among residents of both tribes.

In addition, regional and local peace committees comprising members from both tribes would be formed to coordinate with the community level committee, which will organize unity rallies to build mutual trust, and organize cultural exchange programmes in Nyishi and Bodo areas of both States.

The committee’s leaders were expected to meet the chief ministers of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to apprise them of the ground realities in the context of initiating the process of peace process and development in the region.