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Mizoram CM seeks Rajnath Singhs intervention in border dispute

Mizoram CM seeks Rajnath Singhs intervention in border dispute

In a letter addressed to Assam additional chief secretary Alok Kumar, Mizoram chief secretary Arvind Ray on Saturday proposed that the two deputy commissioners of Kolasib district in Mizoram and Hailakandi district in Assam should hold talks before Thursday to normalise the situation and resolve the inter-state border dispute, an official statement said.

Lal Thanhawla said that there had been border disputes with Assam like other such instances with neighbouring states which sometimes culminated into violent clashes causing hardships especially to those in the fringe areas.

Mr. Gauba will meet the chief secretaries of Mizoram and Assam on March 20 and carry forward the dialogues on boundary dispute, Satyendra Garg, joint secretary in home ministry said.

Information and Public Relation minister Lal Thanzara expressed regret for the alleged brutal and inhuman act on Mizoram journalists by Assam police.

Officials in Assam said the Mizo students encroached upon the land that falls under Assam's Ramnathpur police station, and that Google Maps clearly indicated the place was within Assam.

The Assam government is taking initiatives to defuse tension and maintain peace on the state's border with Mizoram, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said in the Assembly today.

The meeting slammed Assam police for brutality and appealed to Mizoram governor Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma to intervene into the incident.

The administration of Hailakandi in Assam had clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC on March 7 in certain pockets of the district apprehending encroachment attempts from the Mizoram side.

Tension has been prevailing in the area ever since some members of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), an apex student body, entered Assam and erected a working shed and a temporary checkpost, which were later dismantled by the state police personnel, according to the police.

MZP leaders and activists have been camping in the area to construct a rest house to be called Zofate Chawlhbuk on the land donated by Ch Chhungas widow to the student organisation, the leader said.

This was conveyed to Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan by Kolasib Deputy Commissioner, R. Zarzosanga today.

Leaders of Mizoram Journalists Association (MJA), said at least 8 journalists, including two women reporters, associated with different media houses were "brutally attacked and thrashed" by Assam Police despite showing their press credentials to substantiate their identity.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.