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Centre rushes forces to Assam-Nagaland boundary

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Blockade on NH-39 cleared, close watch being kept: Home official

The Union government has despatched extra security forces to restore peace and order along the disputed boundary between Nagaland and Assam in Golaghat.

“Earlier, there were nine Central Reserve Police Force posts in the area, which have been doubled following the latest round of violence. The blockade on National Highway 39 has now been cleared by the Assam police forces. We are keeping a close watch on the developments and will take further action based on an assessment of the ground situation,” a Union Home Ministry official said.

The Chief Ministers of the two States are scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss how to de-escalate the prevailing tension.

The Assam government has set up a dozen relief camps to shelter thousands of people who fled their villages after being recently attacked by armed groups from Nagaland. The assailants had torched 200 houses in over half-a-dozen villages.

A few days ago, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had sought the Centre’s intervention for restoration of peace in the Uriamghat area of Golaghat.

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