Agartala: Security forces in Tripura and Mizoram will share information and operate jointly to curb terrorism in the northeast, officials from the two states have decided.

Senior police officials of Tripura and Mizoram on Wednesday held a meeting at Kanchanpur in northern Tripura to finalise a joint strategy to deal with the militants.

"The meeting has decided that police forces of the two states should operate in coordination along the bordering areas of Mizoram and Tripura. They would also share intelligence inputs and other vital information," a senior police official said.

Militants of the northeastern states use Tripura-Mizoram territories along the Bangladesh border for their trans-border movements and smuggle arms and ammunition."A joint crackdown would make it easier to curb the activities of the underground rebels," the official added.

Police forces of two states would also share information and work in coordination to deal with inter-state criminals, car lifters and crimes related to fake Indian currency and human trafficking.

The Tripura police was led by deputy inspector general of police Gaurav Tripathi while the Mizoram side was headed by deputy inspector general C. Zoramona. According to North Tripura district police chief Bijoy Kumar Nag, similar coordination initiatives have been proposed with police in Assam too.

"Inter-state coordination between the security forces would be helpful to deal with both militants and criminals," Nag told by phone. Tripura shares a 53 km border with Assam and 109 km border with Mizoram.

Four northeastern states Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Assam - share a 1,880-km border with Bangladesh, while Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh share a 1,640-km border with Myanmar.

Most parts of the international borders are unfenced and running through dense forests, making it porous and vulnerable providing a passage to the militants and criminals.

(Agencies)

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