Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

MZP activists withdraw from Assam-Mizoram boundary at Hailakandi

MZP activists withdraw from Assam-Mizoram boundary at Hailakandi

Khan also told them that the border row issue had been taken up by Government of Assam not only with the Government of Mizoram but also the Central Government.

Mizoram understudies' bodies requested that Assam Police work force leave the debated zone by tomorrow.

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.

The joint statement also said "the fourth estate has a responsibility to report in public interest" and "deliberate targeting of journalists in full view can only have the effect of intimidating the media from conducting its duties".

The action by Assam police took place on Thursday and Saturday last week when the scribes were covering the erection of a guest house by Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), the student apex body of the state, in Kolasib district on a piece of land gifted to them by the widow of the first chief minister Ch Chhunga, Vantawl said.

This was conveyed to Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan by Kolasib Deputy Commissioner, R. Zarzosanga today. Security has been tightened along the boundary. The Mizoram chief minister in the letter described the alleged firing by the Assam Police on Mizo youths as "unfortunate and uncalled for", Sailo said. According to the police, the move followed "information from reliable sources that some individuals and organisations from the Mizoram side are planning to intrude into Assam's territory with the intention to encroach forest land and erect permanent structures, including religious structures".

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.

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

The Center asked Assam and Mizoram governments to guarantee peace along their fringe, uphold prohibitory requests by sending powers wherever vital, a Home Ministry official said in New Delhi.

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