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6 NE states seal borders with Assam

GUWAHATI, Apr 6 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/6/2020 12:26:52 PM IST

After Assam reported 26 COVID-19 positive cases, six Northeastern states sealed the interstate borders and barred the general entry from Assam.

Assam shares inter-state boundaries with 6 Northeaster states— Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya. All of these six states sealed the borders with Assam as a preventive measure against COVID-19. However, emergency services have been put in the exemption list.
So far Manipur reported two, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh reported one Coronavirus positive case each. However, no person from Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim and Meghalaya tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb while holding a meeting to review the preparedness to deal with the COVID-19 issues, asked the officials to maintain a highest vigil along the inter-state borders with Assam and Mizoram
“Except the goods laden trucks and freight trains, nothing should be allowed to enter Tripura from the neighbouring states and across the Bangladesh borders,” Deb told the media.
In Shillong, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma said that the inter-district movements have been stopped by the union Home Ministry, there was no question of allowing any movement within the state and from other states.
In Kohima, the Nagaland government has sealed the state’s borders with Assam along Wokha district in the wake of increasing positive COVID-19 cases in Assam.
In Mizoram, the state government has further tightened the security along its inter-state borders with Assam, Manipur and Tripura following the spike in coronavirus positive cases in neighbouring states. Mizoram Deputy Inspector General (Northern Range) Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said that security has been further tightened along the state borders with neighbouring states to check movement of people across the border. 
In Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu during a review meeting on Thursday asked the police department to keep vigil of the porous border with Assam besides strict monitoring of all 22 official entry gates to prevent any suspicious access.

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