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Assam, Mizoram Chief Ministers Talk After Border Clash, Centre Calls Meet

Updated: 19th October 2020 | 9:55 IST

The governments of Assam and Mizoram dialled the centre on Sunday to debate things at the states’ border after a violent clash during which several people were injured. things are now in check within the area, which is in Kolasib district of Mizoram and Cachar district of Assam, each side said.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office and therefore the Union Home Ministry. He also spoke to Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on the phone and stressed on joint efforts to deal with the border issues and settling disputes amicably, the Assam government said during a statement. Mr Zoramthanga assured Mr Sonowal of efforts to take care of peace at the inter-state border and cooperation, it added.

The Mizoram government also reached bent the centre to defuse things. The government said it held a cupboard meeting to debate the violence and blamed it on “unilateral and provocative acts” and “transgressions committed by the govt of Assam”.

A meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla between both the states are going to be persisted Monday to review things, Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana said. Chief secretaries of the 2 states are going to be present within the meeting, he said.

The two states have deployed an outsized number of security personnel within the violence-hit areas near the Vairengte village in Mizoram and Assam’s Lailapur, officials said. many vehicles including trucks carrying essential commodities to Mizoram are stranded at the border in Vairengte.

The violence erupted on Saturday after people living on each side of the border clashed over a COVID-19 testing centre found out by Mizoram within territory claimed by Assam to sample Mizoram-bound truckers and people without the permission of the Assam authority.

According to locals, some young men from the Mizoram side of the border came to Lailapur and attacked truck drivers and villagers and burnt quite 15 small shops and houses. The locals also retaliated.

In neighbouring Karimganj district too there was tension with both Mizoram and Assam police increasing security cover after border disputes in Ratabari and Patharkandi areas.

“In both Cachar and Karimganj, Mizoram police came inside Assam territory. In Lailapur, they tried to create a check-gate 1.5 km inside Assam. we’ve objected thereto. In Karimganj, they’re 2.5 km inside our territory. Our forces are deployed there also,” said Southern Assam range Deputy military officer of Police Dilip Kumar Dey.

Meanwhile, tension has also been build-up at the Tripura-Mizoram border over the past few days. consistent with officials in Mizoram’s Mamit district, large gatherings are banned in Phuldungsei, Zampui and Zomuantlang villages due to the proposed construction of a temple within the area by an indigenous organisation of Tripura.

Mizoram Home Secretary Lalbiaksangi, during a letter to her Tripura counterpart Barun Kumar Sahu said there was an “apprehension of a breakdown of law and order and communal clashes” which they need to request the Survey of India for a joint spot verification to settle the dispute.

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