Tension again on Assam-Mizoram border

From Bhupen Goswami

Guwahati: The Assam-Mizoram border dispute is increasing day by day. The matter has also reached the centre but the border dispute has not yet been resolved. The matter arose when a 48-year-old Assam resident died in a border village in Assam. Since then, this dispute is going on. Many a time, many organisations have also clashed over the issue. Which has been imposed on the border blockade. The tension on the Assam-Mizoram border has been continuing since last month after miscreants damaged several residential units.

The talks were also held between the officials of both the States. In Assam, one person from Cachar district died in custody in Mizoram on Monday. This aggravated the tension between the two neighbouring countries of the north-east. Both the states are already under deadlock over the border dispute. In Assam, tension erupted after the death of 45-year-old Intajul Lashkar, a Cachar district resident in Mizoram. The Assam government claimed that the person was abducted. Superintendent of Police of Thalassib district of Mizoram, Vanlalfaka Ralte said that the notorious drug smuggler, Intajul Laskar (45), was arrested on Sunday evening when he crossed the inter-state border and smuggled drugs.

He was injured while trying to escape and later died in his hospital. The liaison officer of Mizoram House at Silchar, Saijikpalli said the situation is still calm. However, many Mijo citizens have left Assam and moved to Jiribam in Manipur due to fear. Sonowal writes to Amit Shah on tense issue with Mizoram Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the issue of tension with Mizoram. The official statement said that Sonowal has expressed grief over the death of Intajul Laskar, who was kidnapped by miscreants from the Laalpur border outpost area of Cachar district on the Assam-Mizoram border.

It said that the chief Minister has also announced a financial assistance of five lakh rupees to the kin of the deceased. Meanwhile, Assam, Mizoram have blamed each other. Azam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today apprised Prime Minister Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the current situation along the state border with Mizoram after a violent clash. In which many people were injured. Amidst the ongoing standoff on the border between Assam and Mizoram, no truck from Assam could enter Mizoram on Tuesday as the route on NH-306 connecting both the states has been blocked by the local people.

The blockade on NH-306 on the border of Assam and Mizoram has been almost a week. The stalemate has disrupted the supply of essential commodities despite the centre’s intervention, agreeing to reduce the ongoing tension between these two north-eastern states. The people of the border area of Assam are not allowing the trucks carrying essential commodities to enter Mizoram. They want the security forces deployed at the Mizoram border to be removed. However, Mizoram has denied it and accused the Assam government of instigating the people. There is no new tension on the Mizoram-Assam border after the death of a person from Assam in a hospital in Vairangte. Mizoram officials claim that Laskar smuggled drugs, while his relatives allege that the miscreants murdered him after he was kidnapped.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla had urged both the Chief Secretaries to withdraw the security forces from their border areas to restore peace in the adjoining areas. Meanwhile, Mizoram Home Minister Limaramliana had said that his government would not remove its security forces from the border with Assam till normalcy. Several rounds of talks have been held between Assam, Mizoram and central government officials after the incident. However, the stalemate between the two states remains intact.

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