Assam-Arunachal officials meet to discuss boundary dispute

Itanagar, Jun 11 (PTI) Officials of Assam and Arunachal have decided to form an inspection team to visit villages on the inter-state border and maintain status quo till the boundary lines were finalised.

Officials today said, in a bid to do away with misgivings and adopt a unanimous resolution, representatives of the neighbouring states met here yesterday and resolved to go for a joint inspection in the ''problem areas'' of Bogoli-Denka, Lora, Kimin and Kakoi.

The officials after a threadbare discussion on various issues pertaining to the inter-state boundary and administrative problems resolved to maintain status quo till finalisation of the boundary.

The meeting decided that to assess the situation in border villages, a team comprising Deputy Commissioners Superintendent of police and forest officials from Assam and Arunachal will soon visit the respective areas to gauge the problems.

Forest officials from both states agreed to conduct regular patrolling in the border areas to control illegal encroachment, cutting of trees, jungle clearance, hunting, poaching etc, the sources added.

The issues that came up for discussion related to the newly-constructed check-gate at Gumto, problems at Denka and Bogoli, Lora, Kimin and Kakoi villages and other matters related to crime and forest encroachments.