GUWAHATI: Assam forest minister Parimal Suklabidya suspected the involvement of a ‘third force’ in instigating the tension between Assam and Mizoram.
He said that Mizo encroachers would have to go back to their previous locations for a peaceful settlement of the border row between the two states.
“There might be some third force involved in triggering tension along the borders of Assam-Mizoram. People were living there peacefully and suddenly things have gone wrong. Two Assam schools were bombed, one person was killed and still, the state government has been very patiently requesting its Mizoram counterparts to resolve the issue peacefully,” Suklabaidya said.
The forest minister reminded the Mizoram government that in case of border issues, they have to approach the Central government.
He said, “In a federal structure like India, every border dispute has to be resolve via the Centre. If Mizoram has issues related to borders then they should take it to the Central government. Moreover, since they (Mizos) have encroached the forest area illegally, they have to go back.”
After 12 days of economic blockade on the National Highway-306 connecting the two states, traffic movement resumed between Assam and Mizoram from Monday. While some 23 vehicles from Assam reached the neighbouring state, some 31 entered Assam from the other side amidst tight security cover.
Residents of Lailapur in Assam began the blockade on October 28, demanding the withdrawal of Mizoram forces from what they claimed as Assam’s territory. However, Mizoram had refused to pull out.
Later with the Centre’s intervention, Mizoram agreed to partially withdraw its forces and to deploy Border Security Force (BSF) along the Assam-Mizoram disputed areas.