The governments of Assam and Mizoram held talks with the Center on Sunday to discuss the situation at the border of the states following violent clashes, in which several people were injured. The situation is now under control in the region, which is in the Kolasib district of Mizoram and Cachar district in Assam, both sides said.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal briefed the office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Home Ministry. The Assam government said in a statement that they also spoke to Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga over the phone and stressed joint efforts to resolve border issues and resolve disputes. Mr. Zoramthanga assured Mr. Sonowal of his efforts to maintain peace on the inter-state border and cooperation.
The Mizoram government also reached the Center to worsen the situation. The state government said it held a cabinet meeting to discuss the violence and blamed it on “unilateral and inflammatory acts” and “crimes committed by the Assam government”.
A meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla between the two states will be held on Monday to review the situation, Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana said. He said that the Chief Secretaries of both the states would be present in the meeting.
Officials said the two states have deployed a large number of security personnel in violence-hit areas near Vairangte village in Lizapur, Mizoram and Assam. Hundreds of vehicles, including trucks carrying essential commodities in Mizoram, are stranded at the border in Wairengte.
Violence erupted in Mizoram, Assam after samples of truck drivers and others from Assam’s jurisdiction claimed to have clashed at a COVID-19 testing center set up in Mizoram by people living on both sides of the border.
According to locals, some youths from Border Mizoram came to Lailpur and attacked truck drivers and villagers and burnt more than 15 small shops and houses. Local people also retaliated.
Tensions with both Mizoram and Assam Police also increased in the neighboring Karimganj district, with the security cordon widened after a border dispute in Ratbari and Patharkandi areas.
“In both Cachar and Karimganj, the Mizoram police came inside the Assam region. In Lailapur, they tried to build a check-gate 1.5 kilometers inside Assam. We have objected to this. In Karimganj, they are in their area. We are 2.5 km inside. We have an army. Also stationed there, “said Dilip Kumar Dey, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Southern Assam Range.
Meanwhile, tension has also been increasing over the last few days on the Tripura-Mizoram border. According to officials in Mizoram’s Mamit district, large ceremonies have been banned in Phuldungsei, Zampui and Zomuantlang villages due to the proposed construction of a temple in the area by an indigenous organization in Tripura.
Mizoram Home Secretary Lalbiakasangi, in a letter to his Tripura counterpart Barun Kumar Sahu, said there was “apprehension of law and order breakdown and communal clashes” and requested the Survey of India for a joint spot verification to settle the dispute. Have done .