Tension on Assam-Mizoram border
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There is serious trouble brewing at the Assam- Mizoram border over land & border dispute. Houses have been burnt and people injured on both sides. It has impacted the peace of Cachar & Karimganj district inside Assam. Wake up @CMOfficeAssam @sarbanandsonwal pic.twitter.com/FCFHPWkPp4
– Sushmita Dev (@sushmitadevinc) October 18, 2020
Vairangate village in Kolasib district of Mizoram is the northern part of the state, through which National Highway-306 connects Assam to this state. On the other hand, Lailapur in Cachar district of Assam is its closest village. Deputy Commissioner of Police of Kolasib district, H Lalthalangliana said that some people of Assam allegedly took sticks and sticks near the auto rickshaw stand on the outskirts of the border village on Saturday evening. But a group pelted stones, after which the residents of Wairangate village gathered in large numbers.
He said that despite the prohibition imposed in the area, angry mob of Vairangate village set fire to around 20 makeshift huts and shops on the National Highway belonging to the people of Lailapur village. The Deputy Commissioner of Police said that several people, including four people from Mizoram, were injured in this violent clash that lasted for hours.
Meanwhile, the Assam government also said that the situation was under control and police were deployed along with senior officials to restore peace in the area. Assam forest minister and local MLA Parimal Shukla Baidya said that such incidents happen almost every year in the area as people on both sides illegally cut down trees.
On the instructions of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Baidya visited Lailapur on Sunday and interacted with the people. A statement issued by the Assam government said the incident was an act done by miscreants to create unrest in the communities.
At the same time, Deputy Commissioner of Cachar Kirti Jalli also visited the area adjacent to the inter-state border and assured that the administration would provide complete security to the ‘antisocial elements’ trying to create unrest between the people of the two states. Assam Commissioner (Home) Gyanendra Tripathi assured the locals of safety and also appealed to maintain harmony with the people of Mizoram.
Cachar Superintendent of Police Bhanwar Lal Meena said, “We had received reports of some temporary houses and shops being burnt. Police reached the spot and controlled the situation. We are taking all possible steps to ensure that such incidents do not happen in future.