Assam-Mizoram Border Row Escalates; Gunshots Fired Reportedly
Guwahati: Situation at the Assam Mizoram border continued to remain tense as fresh reports of violence between the security forces of both sides surfaced on Monday at Lailapur area of Cachar district.
Sources said that gun shots being fired too and several state police personnel were wounded. However, no official confirmation on the firing incident was received till filling of this report.
Sources claimed that gun shots being fired from a hill on the Mizoram side upon an Assam police security post on Monday morning. Unconfirmed reports said that at least five state police personnel were injured also. Also vehicles of several state government officials were also damaged.
However, a large scale of confrontation between the two sides was confirmed by Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga who has tweeted a video of the incident. Posting the video on his twitter handle, the Mizoram chief minister sought the home minister Amit Shah’s immediate intervention into the matter.
He tweeted: “Shri @AmitShah ji….kindly look into the matter. This needs to be stopped right now.”
Whereas Assam Police said that large number of miscreants from Mizoram were indulging in stone pelting and condemned such forms of attack at Assam government Officials, stationed at Lailapur to protect Assam’s land from encroachment.
“We strongly condemn these acts of vandalism and reiterate our resolve to protect Assam’s boundary,” Assam Police tweeted.
The incident occurred a day after all chief minister of the northeastern states met Shah at a conclave in Shillong in Meghalaya on Sunday and discussed law and order issues.
Zoramthanga addressing the border dispute between the two states said that the area claimed by the latter has been used by people from Mizoram for over 100 years. On the other hand, Assam has been claiming that Mizo villagers have encroached forest areas that belongs to Assam.
Already, both states have deployed sizeable contingents of police personnel along border areas. While, Assam police have set up camps at two locations along the state’s interstate border with Mizoram. Mizoram police, working in tandem with Assam police, have also increased their presence in border areas.
Assam chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, said earlier that the situation along the state’s interstate border with Mizoram was “fragile,” and that both states will need time to resolve the matter.