Mizoram Bar Association moves Gauhati High Court over "blockade" by Assam
Ever since the violent clash between the police forces of Assam and Mizoram on July 26 that led to the death of at least six police personnel and injuring many others, trucks from Assam's Barak valley have stopped coming to Mizoram and this has affected the transportation of essential commodities to the state.
Calling this blockade by Assam an "outright violation of the basic fundamental right to life", the Mizoram Bar Association (MBA) on Tuesday filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the Aizawl bench of the Gauhati High Court against "alleged economic blockade" clamped on National Highway-306.
The MBA president Anil Rinliana Malhotra said the association had earlier submitted representations to the union and the state governments of Mizoram and Assam to take immediate steps for removing the blockade of the NH-306.
"However, as no response has been received from the aforementioned, understanding the hardship faced by the people of Mizoram, the MBA has felt it necessary to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL)," MBA said in a statement.
Earlier this week, Mizoram home secretary Vanlalngaihsaka had written to Assam, seeking needful arrangements for instant resumption of traffic movement claiming that Mizoram bound vehicles, which have been stranded on the NH-306 since July 26, are willing to enter the state without delay.
The letter also said that the Mizoram government has assured the safety and security of all drivers and passengers coming to the state.
According to reports, no vehicles from Assam had entered Mizoram till Tuesday evening despite security assurance given to drivers.
(Edited by Aparmita Das)