GUWAHATI: Tension along the Assam-Mizoram border was a result of clashes between the people living on both sides of the border, said Assam Police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta on Wednesday.
The police chief said that the problems in the borders were caused by a violation of laws by people from both sides of the border.
Amidst the prolonged ongoing border dispute between Assam and Mizoram, fresh tensions have erupted on Tuesday after some 20 houses were set ablaze and many sustained injuries in the clash. The incident occurred along the border area of Kosurtol in Hailakandi, Assam, which is also known as the Bairabi-Zophai area in Mizoram’s Kolasib district.
Mahanta said, “Additional forces have been deployed in the area. Those huts which were burnt down by miscreants were either abandoned or uninhabited. Problem is that people from Assam also sometimes violate the law and goes inside Mizoram territory and vice versa. Additional forces were moved to the location.”
Sources informed that some six farm huts were set ablaze by miscreants on Mizoram side too.
Last week, a school in Assam’s Hailakandi district located near the Mizoram border was damaged after two bombs planted by suspected Mizo miscreants exploded.
In October last year, several persons from both states engaged in violence along the Assam-Mizoram border after some residents of Vairengte in Kolasib district of Mizoram set on fire temporary huts made by Lailapur villagers in Cachar district of Assam on a stretch of the disputed land.
Subsequently, locals from the Assam side staged an economic blockade for several days and hundreds of goods-laden trucks on the way to the neighbouring state remained stranded.
The situation went so heated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah had to intervene.
Assam and Mizoram share a 164-km boundary and there have been territorial disputes between the two states for ages.