Border Row: Firing reported at Assam-Arunachal border over road construction

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Border Row: Firing reported at Assam-Arunachal border over road construction

Guwahati: Tension erupted over road building on a disputed section between Hime and Masi village of the Arunachal-Assam interstate boundary, official said on Thursday.

According to sources, locals from Assam side entered the labour camp at a bridge construction site near Hime and Masi Village, where around 40-50 workers were sheltering and objected to the construction when a contractor engaged with the construction allegedly opened fire in the air on Wednesday evening. There were no casualties recorded.

The conflict erupted in the region since Tuesday over the Arunachal Pradesh government’s construction of a road connecting Likabali and Durpai under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, sources added.

Assam Police personnel arrived on the scene and stopped the construction, claiming it an unlawful act in Assam’s territory. Locals from Assam side also reportedly damaged a few vehicles and set ablaze the temporary camp built for the road construction, sources stated. Following this, a firing incident occurred on Wednesday evening.

The project was started in 2019 and the Assam Police have been opposing it since then.

The dispute over the border road came only two days after Assam and Arunachal Pradesh agreed at a chief ministerial level meeting on Monday to conduct a ground level survey on the condition of the inter-state boundary in order to resolve the vexed border conflict.

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh share a 804.1-km border in Udalguri, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Charaideo districts. There are 1,200 points of disputes along the inter-state border between the two states.

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