Assam-Mizoram border issue: Centre’s intervention sought to restore people’s confidence



The movement of trucks between Assam and Mizoram is likely to resume on Friday, a day after the road blockade put up by locals at Lailapur in Assam on National Highway 306 was raised at a high-level meeting, an official statement said here on Friday.

The matter was discussed at a virtual meeting of the chief secretaries of Mizoram and Assam, which was presided over by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Thursday, the statement said.

However, a district administration official stationed at Vairengte, 130 km from Aizawl, said that no truck has entered Mizoram till Friday afternoon.

Bhalla had urged both the chief secretaries to withdraw forces from their respective border areas to restore peace among the people living there.

Reports said that the locals of Lailapur and surrounding villages in Assam’s Cachar district had erected the blockade on NH-306, linking the two states, because Mizoram had “refused” to withdraw its forces from the border areas.

Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo said that a few policemen were deployed in the border area to instil confidence among the people and avoid any untoward incident.

“Therefore, withdrawing them from the disputed areas is technically unthinkable and not possible as long as residents on the other side of the border are carrying out activities, which could harm public harmony and create panic,” the statement said.

Mizoram shares a 164.6-km border with Assam. Several dialogues held since 1995 to resolve the boundary problem have yielded little results.