Assam-Mizoram border dispute: Rajnath Singh's intervention sought

Centre Seeks Report From Assam Mizoram After Clashes

Centre Seeks Report From Assam Mizoram After Clashes

Lal Thanhawla asked Singh to intervene for resumption of boundary at the earliest, press advisor to the chief minister L.R. Sailo said.

Sources in the home ministry said the Assam-Mizoram boundary conflict can be traced back to the British days when the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation was enacted in 1872 and amended by Assam chief secretary W.S. Cosgrave in 1933 to ward off movements and incursions by the Lushai and Kuki tribals into the undivided Cachar district.

This was conveyed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who wrote to him seeking his intervention in the ongoing boundary dispute between Mizoram and Assam by resuming the talks and ensuring peace along the border.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba has convened a meeting of the chief secretaries of Mizoram and Assam on March 20 to resume dialogue on the boundary dispute between the two states in the wake of protests by students who turned violent recently.

Mizoram Chief Secretary Arvind Ray likewise reached his Assam partner V K Pipersenia and both the sides consented to hold chats on the outskirt question, it said.

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 Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), comprising Mizoram's apex student body leaders and activists, have been camping in the disputed area with an attempt to construct a rest house inside the land of the first Mizoram chief minister Ch Chhunga following the latter's wife donating the land to the student organisation.

Mizoram police had alleged on Saturday that a Mizo student was injured in firing by the Assam police at Zopui in Kolasib district.

The Thadou students and the whole Thadou community in Manipur, Mizoram and elsewhere stand by our Mizo blood brothers and sisters who have fallen victims of the unimaginable atrocities at the hands of the senseless Assam Police force and we join our hands with them for timely delivery of justice, the statement added.

The Mizoram Journalist Association staged a peaceful statewide sit-in in protest against Assam police's brutality last week.

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