GUWAHATI: Mizoram government has been illegally issuing land pattas to Mizo people for land belonging to Assam, alleged the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) delegation after concluding its visit to the troubled areas of Assam-Mizoram borders.
From November 7 to November 9, the team visited most of the disturbed areas along the 165-km-long Assam-Mizoram border in the Barak Valley.
The situation in the Assam-Mizoram borders continued to be volatile with Mizoram forces continued to allegedly occupy Assam land triggering anger amongst the locals. On Wednesday, a meeting between the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of Cachar district along with their Kolasib counterparts also reportedly ‘failed’ as locals from the affected Lailapur area of Assam decided not to withdraw a road blockade to Mizoram.
However, later in the evening, the road blockade was lifted surprisingly.
Assam’s senior Congress leader Debabrata Saikia who led the APCC team said, “I and my colleagues of the APCC delegation visited the Medlicherra forest in the Patharkandi LAC of Karimganj district and found that on the pretext of Covid-19, the Mizoram Police have set up a check-post within Assam’s territory.”
“This was apparently thought of as a temporary measure and ignored by the Assam Government. However, now the Mizoram Police have made it permanent and they are not shifting to Kanmon, where officials of the Mizoram Government used to be stationed earlier to check the documents of those desiring to enter Mizoram. The Mizoram Police have come down around 3 km from Kanmon and all this has happened since March 2020,” Saikia alleged.
He also informed that the Mizoram authorities have put up a barrier on a bridge that was constructed by the Assam government under PMGSY during 2011-16.
Saikia said, “We went up to Vairangte, where the Mizoram Police’s Inner Line Permit (ILP) check-post is located. But before we reached it, we were asked to stop by Central armed personnel who have been deployed at the request of the Assam government. It is very unfortunate that the state government is itself allowing aggression by the Mizos. When I went ahead ignoring the Central forces’ barricade, I found out that the Mizoram government has been extending water pipelines, setting up offices, etc within Assam’s land, 3 kms away from ILP check-post at Vairangte.”
The Congress leader alleged that the situation has clearly exacerbated due to timidity and lack of forcefulness on part of the Assam government.