GUWAHATI: The Assam-Mizoram border tension continued to escalate with both sides engaged in counter-accusation while the economic blockade on National Highway 306, the lifeline of Mizoram, continued for the sixth day on Monday.
While Cachar district administration in a letter to its counterparts of Mizoram’s Kolasib district questioned on the reports of Mizoram forces alleged digging of bunker-like structures and asked the later to withdraw forces from the area, Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo in a letter to his Assam counterpart Jishnu Barua counter questioned Assam government for not taking action against the blockade.
Chuaungo requested Assam chief secretary Jishnu Barua to arrange security escort to the oil tankers and vehicles carrying petroleum products and cooking gas.
Reports revealed that the Mizoram government has also taken steps to ferry transport fuel and cooking gas from neighbouring states of Manipur and Tripura.
Due to the blockade at Lailapur (in Cachar district), over 100 Mizoram bound goods-laden vehicles remained stuck.
Locals who have been staging the blockade demanded the withdrawal of Mizo security forces from their areas. They said that on Sunday too, a farmhouse near Phainuma village along the Assam-Mizoram border was burnt to ashes by unidentified persons.
Meanwhile, BJP-led Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convener Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the Centre has been closely monitoring the situation and would initiate dialogues between all the northeastern states shortly after the Assam election.
It’s believed that since the incumbent state government’s term would finish soon, the Centre would initiate the process after the formation of the new government.
The border row between the two neighbouring states continued for over three weeks now.