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Maintain boundary status quo: Arunachal to Assam
ITANAGAR, AUG 6:
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Published on 6 Aug. 2009 11:55 PM IST
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Taking serious note of the repeated attempts made by some tea planters from Assam to encroach land within Arunachal's territory, the State Government has requested its neighbour to maintain status quo along the inter-state boundary. According to reports, a few tea planters from Assam were trying to encroach and capture the Dokum-Gorubandha area under Papum Pare district, which falls under the constitutional boundary of Arunachal Pradesh. Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu on Wednesday called his Assam counterpart to maintain status quo and said that since the matter was already with the Local Boundary Commission (LBC) constituted by the Supreme Court, both the states should wait the decision of the commission. It is reported that the land, officially under the constitutional boundary of Arunachal Pradesh, was given to Border Road Task Force (BRTF) for setting up an office. However, the people of the area objected to it and stopped the personnel from clearing the area, claiming that the land falls under Assam's territory, stated a UNI report. ''It is unfortunate that the neighbouring state is misleading the media, accusing Arunachal of encroaching which is far from the truth,'' Khandu said in a statement on Thursday. The decades-old border row has been the bone of contention between both the neighbouring states since last few decades.

 
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