In a letter addressed to Assam additional chief secretary Alok Kumar, Mizoram chief secretary Arvind Ray on Saturday proposed that the two deputy commissioners of Kolasib district in Mizoram and Hailakandi district in Assam should hold talks before Thursday to normalise the situation and resolve the inter-state border dispute, an official statement said.
The Assam government is taking initiatives to defuse tension and maintain peace on the state's border with Mizoram, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said in the Assembly today.
Kolasib district administration of Mizoram has assured Assam government that members of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) will not create further law and order problem along Assam-Mizoram interstate border in Kachurthal area of Hailakandi district and they have made a decision to withdraw from the border.
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The administration of Assam's Hailakandi district, bordering Mizoram, had on March 7 clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPc with immediate effect in certain areas apprehending encroachment attempts from the other side.
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. Singh said, if necessary, thereafter there can be a meeting of Chief Ministers of the two States. Senior police officers along with deputy commissioner and SDO were also stationed there, he said.
He said that Assam did not have serious border issues with Mizoram, unlike Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.
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Speaking to The Telegraph, MZP general secretary Lalnunmawia Pautu said they are adamant about constructing the shed at Zophai in Kolasib district along the Mizoram-Assam border as the land belongs to them.
Protestors from the Mizoram had clashed with the Assam Police in Bairabi, he said.
He had requested Singh to intervene for the resumption of border talks at the earliest, Press Advisor to the Chief Minister L R Sailo had said.
Information and Public Relation minister Lal Thanzara expressed regret for the alleged brutal and inhuman act on Mizoram journalists by Assam police. The land was donated to the student organisation by his widow, he had said.More news: An ICE spokesman quit over the Trump administration's "misleading facts"
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