Patrolling begins in Assam-Arunachal border town

"DC and SP of Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh along with the SP and SDO of Assam's Sibsagar district have started joint patrolling in the inter-state boundary from this morning along with forces to restore peace," DIG (Eastern Range) Robin Hibu told reporters.

The patrolling started today as per the decision taken at the meeting between the state's law minister Pranab Gogoi and Arunachal home minister Tako Dabi. On August 15, there was an exchange of fire which resulted in injury of a civilian in the Arunachal side, Hibu said, adding Assam police fired at the house of Raja of Russa village on August 17.

"Despite our request to DC and SP of Sibsagar (Assam), police fired 50 shots on Friday," Hibu said and ruled out any involvement of underground elements in the incident. "We are constantly apprising the higher authorities of the development and requesting for deployment of neutral force in the disturbed area," he said.

Tensions erupted in Simokho since August 14 when unidentified persons damaged one under-construction barrack of Assam police. Meanwhile, in Assam's Sibsagar, the indefinite economic blockade launched by All Assam Students Union (AASU) and Assam Jatiyabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) entered the second day today as hundreds of vehicles carrying essentials remained stranded on the road to Arunachal Pradesh.

Assam Home Commissioner Jishnu Boruah will visit the area tomorrow to attend a meeting of the local boundary commission, constitute by the Supreme Court. In Guwahati, officials said a house was set ablaze at Charaipung area late last night. No casuality has been reported in the incident.

There were reports of food shortage in the adjoining Arunachal Pradesh areas as they are dependant on supplies made through Assam. To break the deadlock tomorrow the home secretaries are scheduled to meet here.

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