Assam-Mizoram Border issue remains to be Active! Does GoI care about this? An Exclusive Interview with Sushmita Dev

"It was really shocking to witness Mizo civilians carrying guns in their hands in the broad daylight," says Sushmita Dev

Silchar: Amid the longstanding unrest at the border areas of Mizoram Assam in Cachar, the All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev expressing her concern demanded an immediate solution to the issue.

She also claimed that the people in her district are fearful; hence, appealed before the Government of India along with both state governments (Assam and Mizoram) should solve this border issue as soon as possible.

Looking into the situation, Midage also contacted Sushmita Dev over the phone recently.

In an exclusive interview with Midage, Sushmita claimed that despite both the State Governments going into a dialog there has been no solution in this case.

“Government of India has intervened into the matter, but to what extent? We don’t know!” asked Sushmita.

She further narrates, “It was really shocking to witness Mizo civilians carrying guns in their hands in the broad daylight in front of the Mizoram police, and the Government agency didn’t react!”

On being asked about her reaction on whether there is any nexus between arms smugglers and civilians in the area? She said, “I cannot speculate on smuggling activities of arms or if there is any nexus or not. But, the question is if civilians are carrying weapons in front of the police, what does this signify?”

“See, I am not here to describe which border areas are disturbed and which are not, but, a government agency remains quiet and doesn’t bother to react on the above-stated issue is indeed questionable,” Sushmita emphasized.

She further claimed that the matter needs a political lookout, as it cannot be a solution at the officer's level. "Administration beyond a certain point cannot do anything. Both the State Governments with the help of the Government of India must solve this problem," Sushmita suggested.

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Armed Mizo Civilians allegedly point rifles at DC and SP during inspection at Assam Mizoram Border

Silchar: It’s all happening in the borders of Assam and Mizoram, after blowing up the Upper Pailom Upgraded LP School in Khulicherra area of Cachar District last night, now few armed Mizo civilians allegedly pointed rifles at the Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli and Superintendent of Police Bhanwar Lal Meena.

Few photographs that went viral shows that the armed Mizo civilians pointed rifles at the top IAS officer and IPS officer and reportedly started provoking them in the Khulicherra area located in Cachar District.

 

As per media reports, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli and Superintendent of Police Bhanwar Lal Meena went for a preliminary investigation at the Khulicherra area where they were allegedly provoked by the armed Mizo civilians who had asked them to step back. However, they managed to carry out an inspection despite all provocation.

Following the inspection, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli stated before the media that a series of three blasts seem to have taken place and accordingly, an FIR was lodged by the headteacher. She also urged the local people to maintain peace and tranquillity in the area.

Meanwhile, All India Mahila Congress President, Sushmita Dev took to Twitter and questioned the Government of Assam, saying, “How the Assam govt. has failed miserably to protect its territory & its people. Armed Mizo civilians point rifles at Cachar DC & SP when they went to inspect the school bombed last night.”

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Dholakhal LP School in Cachar near Assam-Mizoram border was blown up by miscreants

Silchar: Amidst the 12-hour Barak bandh called by the All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students’ Association, Dholakhal LP School in Cachar near the Assam-Mizoram border was blown up by miscreants on Saturday morning.

As per reports, following the Barak Bandh, the Cachar district administration has beefed up security in Silchar and other parts of the district.

The bandh has been called in protest against the death of a man from Lailapur last Monday in Mizoram, an incident that has sparked fresh tension along the inter-state border.

The district administration issued an order on Friday, deputing executive magistrates to look after specific areas.

Circle officer, Sadar, Silchar and executive magistrate, Cachar, D. Pathak has been deputed to look after deputy commissioner’s office and court compound area in Silchar.

Sudeep Nath, circle officer, Sonai revenue circle and executive magistrate will look after Sonai, Kachudaram and Dholai police station areas while circle officer (A), Silchar revenue circle, Cachar and executive magistrate, Ruthi Aiawzo will look after the Silchar police station area.

Besides, Jayanta Chakraborty, circle officer, Udharbond and the executive magistrate will look after Udharbond and Borkhola police station areas while Pranjit Kumar Deb, circle officer, Katigorah and executive magistrate will look after the Katigorah police station area.

“The magistrates will take appropriate steps as they deem fit and proper to deal with law and order situation and will report directly to the district magistrate and also the additional district magistrate in charge of the Magistracy Branch from time to time about the law and order situation in their respective areas,” an order stated.

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Assam-Mizoram Border Tensions: Minister Parimal takes stock of situation

Silchar: Assam Excise, Forests and Environment and Fisheries Minister Parimal Suklabaidiya today along with Cachar DC, SP & senior district administration officials visited the Lailapur area situated along the Assam-Mizoram border where several houses of the people of Assam were burnt down last night in Mizo aggression that fueled in interstate border tensions.

The Minister took stock of the situation and has ordered a high-level enquiry into this untoward incident.

He also held multiple rounds of talks with the locals to have an extensive overview of the situation and has directed Cachar police & district administration to resolve the issue at the earliest.

On behalf of the government of Assam, the Minister also assured of full support and cooperation to the people of Lailapur.

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