Mizo Groups Set Up Bunkers Along Inter-State Border

The tension along the Assam-Mizorm border took to a new turn when reports of people from the neighboring state setting up bunkers along the Lowirpoua-Kanmun national highway in Karimganj district surfaced.

According to reports, along with setting up bunkers miscreats have allegedly taken over possession of about three kilometres of the Medlichhara Forest Reserve area under Patharkandi Assembly constituency in the district.

Sources said that members of the Young Mizo Association and local Mizo residents are allegedly often gather at the disputed sites and shout slogans against the Government of Assam.

The DFO, Jalnur Rahman of Karimganj told The Assam Tribune that he lodged the case as per the decision taken at the administrative-level meeting held at Karimganj in the presence of Assam IGP (Law and Order) GP Singh.

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Death of a Man Must Not Be Connected With Assam-Mizoram Border Dispute

Post the death of 48-year-old Assam resident died in a border village, Muslim organisations in Mizoram urged the people living along the inter-state border to maintain peace.

The Muslim organisations urged the people living on either side of the Mizoram-Assam border not to relate the death with the present border standoff.

A joint statement has been issued by the Mizoram Muslim Welfare Society (MMWD) and Aizawl Mosque Committee (AMC).

The statement said though the death of Intyaz Ali (Intazul Ali Laskar), who died on Monday in a hospital in Vairengte, might rise doubts because of the present situation, it is clear that the demise of the Lailapur resident has no connection with the border dispute and blockade on the NH-306 as he was reportedly arrested in a drugs-related case.

The statement said the economic blockade is not the solution to the border dispute, especially in the present scenario where everyone is suffering because of Covid19.

“The MMWS and AMC request the authorities of Cachar district, Assam government and the local people of Lailapur to lift the blockade immediately and allow all the Mizoram bound vehicles carrying essential commodities to enter the state immediately,” the statement said.

“People must understand that there is loss for both side whenever a problem like this arises. Further exaggeration in the border will lead to more complications.

“Peace and safety of the people on both sides must be the paramount importance of each and everyone, including the administrations,” the statement said.

The two organisations also urged the Centre and the governments of Mizoram and Assam to amicably solve the standoff at the earliest.

Assam Mulling NIA Probe Into Custodial Death of Assam Man in Mizoram

The Assam government is mulling to hand over the case of death of 48-year-old man from the state in Mizoram to the NIA while the week-long imbroglio along the inter-state borders continued despite visits by top officials.

Assam Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said that the state government would institute an inquiry into the killing of Intyaz Ali (48) and is deliberating if the case should be handed over to the National Investigation Agency.

“Suklabaidya handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh as ex-gratia from the state government to the father of Intyaz Ali, who was abducted by Mizo miscreants and killed,” an Assam government release said.

Mizoram Home Secretary Lalbiaksangi, in a letter to her Assam counterpart, had said that Intyaz Ali, a resident of southern Assam’s Lailapur, was detained in the state’s Kolasib district on Sunday with drugs and he was then referred to a health centre for a checkup but was found dead on Monday.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Southern Assam Range, Dilip Kumar Dey, however, had told the media that Ali’s brother informed the police on Sunday that Ali went to jungle to collect firewood and the Mizoram Police detained him.

Accompanied by Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua, Director General of Police Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta and Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli, the Minister on Tuesday visited Lailapur along the inter-state border to take stock of the law and order situation.

Suklabaidya, who represents the area, has asked the people living close to the border not to cross over to the other side in view of the prevailing situation and assured them three border outposts would be set up permanently for their safety and security.

The Chief Secretary and the DGP told the media at Lailapur that Assam would not budge from an inch of its territory.

“Assam won’t give up its constitutional boundary with the neighbour. The land belongs to us. There is no second opinion about our constitutional boundary.Assam wants the boundary row to be resolved peacefully and amicably,” Barua said, as per the official release.

Barua said that the state government is in constant touch with the Central Government at the highest level on the border row and exuded optimism that the problem would be resolved amicably.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had on Monday sent an urgent letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah to apprise him of the situation.

Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo had, in a letter to his Assam counterpart, said that the blockade on the NH 306 continued despite assurance from Assam government during the virtual meeting held under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla last week.

Due to the NH 306 blockade at Lailapur, over 250 Mizoram bound goods-laden vehicles are stuck as the agitators in southern Assam refused to call off their protest unless Mizoram withdraws its security personnel from Assam.

Lingering since October 9, the situation along the 164.6-km Assam-Mizoram border took an ugly turn when around 20 shops and houses were burnt and over 50 people sustained injuries in the attacks and counter-attacks by people on either side on October 17.

The trouble resurfaced on October 28 in Assam’s Cachar and Karimganj, which border Mizoram’s Mamit and Kolasib.

Tension Along Assam-Mizoram Border Continues as Man Dies in Custody

A man from Assam's Cachar district died in custody in Mizoram on Monday, escalating the tension between the two Northeastern states amid a border standoff.

Mizoram's Kolasib district Superintendent of Police Vanlalfaka Ralte told PTI that Intazul Laskar (45), a well-known drug peddler, was apprehended on Sunday evening when he crossed the inter-state border to deliver a consignment and later died at a health facility.

The deceased was identified as Intyaz Ali also differently known as Intazul Laskar is a resident of Lailapur in Assam’s Cachar district, police said.

According to reports, Ali was caught by volunteers of Young Mizo Association (YMA) when he tried to hand over the drug consignment to two locals in Mautui Zau forest area in Vairengte on Sunday afternoon.

He sustained injuries on both sides of his ankle joints as he jumped down from two gorges while trying to escape from the volunteers.

Later, the YMA volunteers handed Ali over to personnel of Excise and Narcotics department, who booked him under section 21 (a) of Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 after the arrest.

Ali was admitted to a Community Health Centre (CHC) in Vairengte as he appeared to be generally weak, however, he died at 10:30 am on Monday.

The deceased relatives also alleged that he had gone missing from a forest area where he went to collect wood and a case was registered at the Dholai police station.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the tension with Mizoram as a person from the Cachar district died in custody in the neighbouring state.

He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, it said.

Meanwhile, Cachar district SP Bhanwar Lal Meena has written to his Kolasib counterpart asking him to investigate the case and follow all the NHRC guidelines applicable in the case of custodial death.

Farmhouse Along Assam-Mizoram Border Burnt to Ashes

A farmhouse near Phainuma village along the Assam-Mizoram border was burnt to ashes by unidentified persons on October 31.

It is to be mentioned that Phainuma village is located a few kilometers away from Saihapui ‘V’ village in which Bengali medium school on the disputed land was blown up by miscreants on October 22.

According to reports, the incident, which occurred on Saturday night around 7:30 pm, came to light when Mizoram’s apex student body Mizo Zirlai Pawl lodged a complaint with Vairengte police station on Sunday.

Police said the farmhouse belonged to a resident of Mizoram, R. Lalhmingliana of Phainuam village and was occupied by a non-tribal farmer, identified as Somir.

Assam-Mizoram Border Tension: Protesters Refuse to Call Off Blockade

The blockade in National Highway 306 at the Assam-Mizoram border entered the fourth day.

According to reports, agitators in southern Assam refused to call off their blockade of National Highway 306 as they seeked withdrawal of security personnel from Assam’s area.

Althought, Assam government earlier had said that the Mizoram government have agreed to withdraw their forces gradually from Assam’s territory but on October 29 Mizoram Home minister Lalchamliana has said that the government would not withdraw its forces from the state border with Assam till normalcy returns.

It is to be mentioned here that National Highway 306 is the lifeline of Mizoram which supply essential commodities to the state.

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Miscreants Hurl Bomb at Bengali Medium School in Mizoram, No casualties

Guwahati: Unidentified miscreants hurled a bomb at a Bengali medium school in Mizoram yesterday night in Saihapui V village in Kolasib district bordering Assam.

This was informed by Mizoram DIG (Northern Range) Lalbaikthanga Khaingte on Friday.

No casualties were reported during the incident.

A criminal case was registered in connection to the matter. This comes after both Assam and Mizoram have accepted to solve the border issues.

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Trucks Resume Movement After 4 Days in Assam-Mizoram Border

Movement of trucks carrying essential items has resumed after Assam and Mizoram agreed to restore peace and normalcy on the interstate boundary.

Trucks that got stranded on both sides of the border since the clash between the people of the two states on Saturday night have started moving since yerterday.

Kolasib district Superintendent of Police Vanlalfaka Ralte, told PTI that some trucks carrying essential commodities have entered the state under police escort on Thursday morning from neighbouring Cachar district of Assam.

A Cachar district official said, “More than 140 trucks have crossed over to Mizoram since this morning. A few trucks have also reached Lailapur from across the border.”

Meanwhile, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has instructed officials to ask security forces not to withdraw from the border areas till a final decision is made by the Centre on the matter and normalcy returns to the area.

Will Get Supplies from Abroad If Assam Border Blockade not Eased: Mizoram

Mizoram has hardened its stand on the rift in the Assam-Mizoram border and has said that it will get essential supplies from neighbouring countries- Myanmar and Bangladesh if the blockade of trucks in Assam is not eased.

It is to be mentioned that post the incident, hundreds of trucks carrying essential commodities to Mizoram have been stranded at the inter-state border since October 16, however, there has been no fresh violence but tension persists in the border districts.

"In view of the blockade of the national highway, which is the lifeline of essential goods for the people of Mizoram, the Chief Minister mentioned that this would necessitate the government to explore possibilities of transporting essential goods through the neighbouring states of Manipur and Tripura, and even from the neighbouring countries of Myanmar and Bangladesh," a Mizoram government statement said.

The Assam government has said it is committed to restoring normalcy along the inter-state border with Mizoram.

The Assam Police's Special DGP (Border), Mukesh Agarwal, said the situation at the border is under control, with no further incident in the past 24 hours. He promised adequate protection to the people living close to the border.