Assam-Mizoram Border Tension: Home Minister Amit Shah Steps In
Amid the onging tension in the Assam-Mizoram border which burnt down several houses, Union home minister Amit Shah called Mizo CM Zoramthanga to express “regret” over the clash and assure him of steps to restore the cordial ties between the two neighbours.
Earlier this month, at least 20 houses and shops along the border in Cachar were gutted as Mizos allegedly hurled petrol bombs over checkpoint being removed.
Further as per a press release from the Assam government, CM Sonowal had over phone, apprised the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister about the latest situation at Assam-Mizoram border, his discussions with his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga and Assam's steps to defuse the tensions.
"Prime Minister assured Sonowal to take appropriate steps to improve situation at the inter-state border.
"The Union Home Minister also assured to extend all support to restore peace at the border," the release said.
Meanwhile, Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Monday held a meeting via video conference with chief secretaries of the two states to defuse the border tension at Lailpaur in South Assam’s district along Mizoram border.
Violent Clash at Assam-Mizoram Border, CM Sonowal Apprises PMO
Tension prevailed on the Assam-Mizoram border and several people were injured after violent clashes broke out between two groups from both states.
According to reports, several people were injured during the clash between the two groups from Assam and Mizoram at Lailapur area in Assam's Cachar district on Saturday evening.
Miscreants torched several houses near Lailapur area along the inter-state border.
Meanwhile, the chief ministers reached out to resolve the border dispute issues amicably. Taking it to twitter, Sonowal said, “We agreed to maintain the law and order situation of the area so that peace returns immediately,” adding,” We resolve to work together for maintaining brotherhood between both the states”.
Responding to Sonowal, Zoramthanga appreciated the approach of Sonowal and said, “Noble, much awaited approach from a great leader. May this kind intervention brought peace to the region and strengthen our bonds”.
Police and administration officials have now said that the overall situation on the Assam-Mizoram border is under control and security personnel have been deployed along the border areas under Assam's Cachar district and Mizoram's Kolasib district.
Mizoram shares a 164.6-km border with Assam.Several dialogues held since 1995 to resolve the border dispute have yielded little results. The two states are often at loggerheads over the boundary, which they dispute.