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    Border Row: Mizoram MP stopped from attending event in Assam

    The border dispute between the two neighbouring states turned violent in August last year when security forces from Mizoram allegedly camped inside Assam’s territory

    GUWAHATI: Mizoram Rajya Sabha member K Vanlalvena on Thursday alleged that Assam Police have restricted him from visiting Muolmawi (Baruatila) area in Assam’s Karimganj district to attend a function.

    The MP said that he was on his way to attend a cultural function organised by the Thangram Indigenous People’s Movement (TIPM), a conglomerate of the Zo ethnic people of Assam living near the Assam-Mizoram border.

    Sources said that the Karimganj district administration did not give permission for the event by an order on Wednesday already. The Karimganj district administration in its order had said that permission for organising Thangram cultural meet at Muolmawi (Baruatilla) was denied due to the ongoing border dispute and ongoing tension along the Assam-Mizoram border.

    “In this scenario, if any group delegates from Mizoram attend this cultural programme, it may create tussle between that group/delegates and locals, which may result in any law and order situation as per the report submitted by the Superintendent of Police, Karimganj,” the order said.

    “In this scenario, if any group delegates from Mizoram attend this cultural programme, it may create tussle between that group/delegates and locals, which may result in any law and order situation as per the report submitted by the Superintendent of Police, Karimganj,” the order said.

    The border dispute between the two neighbouring states turned violent in August last year when security forces from Mizoram allegedly came inside Assam’s territory and set up camps. School buildings on the Assam side were damaged with bombs, shops were torched. From the Assam side also, villagers held economic blockades for several weeks forcing the Centre to intervene.

    Though the crisis was resolved in November after central armed forces were deployed on either side of the border, fresh tension erupted in February this year, when officials of Mizoram were allegedly beaten in Assam’s Hailakandi district.

    Three districts of Mizoram– Aizawl, Kolasib and Mamit – share a 164.6-km-long inter-state border with Assam’s Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj district.

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