Assam govt taking initiatives to defuse border tension: Patowary

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

Updating with correction in para 2) Aizawl, Mar 12 (PTI) Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla today wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking his intervention in the Mizoram-Assam border dispute so that peace is restored at the earliest, an official said.

However, the date for holding talks between the two states was not yet fixed, the statement said.

Lal Thanhawla asked Singh to intervene for resumption of border talks at the earliest, Press Advisor to the Chief Minister L R Sailo said.

It may be mentioned that Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had sought the Home Ministry's intervention and had a telephonic talk with his Mizoram counterpart to resolve the border row amicably.

Lal Thanhawla said that there had been border disputes with Assam like other such instances with neighbouring states which sometimes culminated into violent clashes causing hardships especially to those in the fringe areas.

In the mean time, the MZP individuals pulled back from the regions where the conflicts happened between the dissenters, for the most part com, prising understudies, of Mizoram and security powers in Assam, tonight.

A journalist working for News18 Assam-North East was beaten up by the Assam Police near the Mizoram-Assam border on Saturday, the news channel reported.

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. The land was donated to the student organisation by his widow, he had said. He also strongly slammed the Assam police for "resorting to lathi charge" on the students and journalists during the clash last week.

Singh also urged the State Governments of Mizoram and Assam to take all possible measures to maintain peace and public order.

The police had on Wednesday, clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPc with immediate effect of Hailakandi district, bordering Mizoram.

A press release issued by secretary general TSA-GHQ, Michael Lamjathang Haokip further condemned the high handedness of Assam's Hailakandi district administration for utilising highly inappropriate strength of police force to commit despicable acts on a small group of student volunteers of mizo Zirlai pawl (MZP), who were trying to build a resting shed within the boundary of Mizoram.

This was conveyed to Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan by Kolasib Deputy Commissioner, R. Zarzosanga today.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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