GUWAHATI: Tension continued in Assam-Mizoram bordering areas as security forces from the Mizoram side continued to allegedly occupy areas belonging to Assam.
Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah intervened and asked both the states to maintain peace and a status quo, incidents of a ‘standoff’ like situation between the two states continued for over two weeks now.
In the latest, the Cachar Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sunny Deo Choudhury who was on a visit to Dholai Khulisora inner line reserve forest area was restricted by security forces from Mizoram. The senior official was on a visit to meet some of the forest dwellers who were complaining about dominance from the Mizoram side.
Choudhury told media, “The forest dwellers were calling the department but when we reached the spot, a group of heavily armed security personnel from Mizoram side obstructed us. They did not even allow visiting our own areas.”
According to the DFO, the Mizoram forces had entered almost three kilometers inside Assam territory and claiming it to be under them.
“The inner line reserve forest area covering around 100 hectares of forest land falls under the Cachar forest division and we have been patrolling the area for ages. There are also around 60 forest dwellers families living inside the forest area. But the Mizoram forces who had initially set up a makeshift camp in the name of Covid 19 checking are now claiming the area and trying to obstruct us from our duties. Higher authorities from both the sides have been informed and the forest department has planned to set up a camp in the border area too,” Choudhury said.
The allegations from the DFO came a few days later when a Bengali medium school located in the same area was attacked with a bomb by unknown miscreants. While Mizoram police claimed that the school was located inside Mizoram, Assam’s Silchar MP Rajdeep Roy in a tweet informed that the school which was reportedly attacked was located in Assam.
The MP said that the area is in Assam and the school is being run by the state government since 1971.