- Chief Secretaries of Assam and Mizoram have been called for a meeting at New Delhi by the Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba
- Chief Minister of Mizoram Pu Lal Thanhawla had written a letter to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday, to seek the Union Minister’s intervention in the dispute
Following the border dispute at Assam-Mizoram border, the Chief Secretaries of Assam and Mizoram have been called for a meeting at New Delhi by the Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba. The meeting is set to happen at New Delhi next week to resolve the ongoing border dispute between the two states.
On the issue of the border dispute, the Chief Minister of Mizoram Pu Lal Thanhawla had written a letter to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday, to seek the Union Minister’s intervention in the dispute. Following the letter by the Mizoram CM, the meeting is set to be held on March 20.
How the dispute at the Assam-Mizo border started?
Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), which is a Mizo international student body, was trying to construct a rest house for the farmers that work in the paddy fields at the disputed site at Bairabi, which is said to be the reserved forest area, between Assam’s Hailakandi in Assam and Mizoram’s Kolasib district on February 27. The Assam Police demolished the rest house and it ignited the dispute at the border area.
On March 8, the students gathered in the count of seventy and volunteered to reconstruct the rest house. The students reached the site earlier on Thursday morning. Following the news of the gathering of the students, about 500 Assam police officials were deployed at the venue and the district magistrate of Hailakandi district imposed CrPCC 144 in the area.
The student body was not willing to give up on the reconstruction of the rest house and soon after the Assam police resorted to lathi charge so that they could disperse the students and other people who were being persistent at the venue. As per the reports, the lathi-charge claimed the injury of about 20 persons. Among the injured, 15 were taken to the nearby public health center in Bairabi.
To mention, the late wife of the first chief minister of Mizoram Ch Chhunga, Lalrothangi had donated a paddy field to the MZP on which, the student body built a rest shed to help the farmers working nearby.
The clashes continued on March 10 and took an ugly turn, the dispute at Assma-Mizoram border between the students’ union and Assam Police took an ugly turn on Saturday when along with the protestors, the journalists were lathi-charged by the Assam Police. One of the journalists that had been served with the unethical action of the Assam Police is, Emmy Ci Lawbei, who works in the North-East region for the News18.
The journalist while speaking to The Quint said that she is very furious now but at least she’s content that the unethical act on her could open the eyes of the administration, so that the safety of the journalists could not be over-shadowed. At the very same time, she is disappointed that the police is denying the fact that journalists were attacked. She said, “A reporter friend of mine was told by the DM of Hailakandi that no journalist was attacked. They are still lying.”
Lawbei described that the venue of ‘mere protest’ was like the ‘war-zone’. Assam Police was more than brutal, and the lathi-charge resulted into the severe injuries of more than 50 students. She also said that ‘few-bullets’ were fired as well.
The Joint Secretary of North East, Mr. Satyendra Garg said that the Assam government claims the area as its own.
Assam and Mizoram have a long-standing boundary dispute, and there had been tension in the Hailakandi-Kolasib region several times in the past too.
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