Mizoram, Assam told to resolve dispute

Mizoram, Assam told to resolve dispute

Tension has been prevailing in the area ever since some members of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), an apex student body, entered Assam and erected a working shed and a temporary checkpost, which were later dismantled by the state police personnel, according to the police.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal talked to his Mizoram counterpart Lal Thanhawla on the matter, and suggested that both the sides withdraw from the disputed site.

The Union home service likewise looked for reports from the two states about the episodes and the means being taken to standardize the circumstance.

"We also condemn the high handedness of Assam's Hailakandi district administration for utilising highly disproportionate strength of police force to commit such frightful and despicable acts on a small group of student volunteers of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) who were only trying to build a resting shed in a land within the boundary of Mizoram", Michael Lamjathang Haokip, Secretary General TSA, General Headquarters in a statement said.

Protestors from Mizoram had clashed with Assam Police in Bairabi, he said.


Kolasib district magistrate R. Zarzosanga clamped Section 144 of the CrPC in Kolasib district on Tuesday, prohibiting assembly of more than five people. In his communication, the Home Minister also urged the Mizoram Chief Minister to ensure peace on the Mizoram side of the border and not to allow people to gather at Bairabi and stage protests there.

The Mizoram Police had alleged on Saturday that a Mizo student was injured in firing by the Assam Police at Zopui in Kolasib district.

Adil Khan, Deputy Commissioner of Assam's border district Hailakandi, said the "police used minimum force" while controlling the mob and advised restraint on the part of all stakeholders.

Officials in Assam said the Mizo students encroached upon the land that falls under Assam's Ramnathpur police station, and that Google Maps clearly indicated the place was within Assam. Students' organisations, including the Cachar district unit of Congress-affiliated National Students' Union of India (NSUI), also demanded safeguarding of the interest of non-Mizos in Mizoram.

Assam has had boundary conflicts with neighbouring states in the northeast and with West Bengal.

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