Assam, Mizoram discuss border clash, focus on building trust between peoples | India News

SILCHAR / KARIMGANJ / AIZAWL: Assam and Mizoram met Monday in Lailapur, Cachar district, near the interstate border, where a violent clash left many injured.
Cachar Police Superintendent Bhanwar Lal Meena led the Assam delegation in talks with Kolasib Mizoram Police Chief Vanlalfaka Ralte at the Lailapur wrestling office, officials said.
The two sides have decided to ensure that there is peace and quiet along the interstate border, according to a statement from the Assam government.
Officials decided to adopt confidence-building measures to restore lasting peace along the border and also to take immediate action to move stranded trucks and provide point-to-point escort.
Efforts have been made to ensure hassle-free movement of trucks until late in the evening, Assam officials said.
Mizoram’s Additional Home Secretary Ramdinliani told PTI that Chief State Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo called a meeting with the Central Young Mizo Association (CYMA) and student associations in the aftermath. -midday, asking them to ensure the safety of truckers coming from out of state.
She said truckers could not enter the state for fear of attack because they were reportedly threatened by some people with special interests.
Following the meeting, CYMA and two student associations – Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) and Mizo Students’ Union – issued a statement ensuring truck drivers are safe and secure in Mizoram.
Ramdinliani said 300 trucks started their journey back to Assam from Mizoram in the evening, while trucks carrying essentials have not yet entered the state.
Assam’s DGP Special (border) Mukesh Agarwal, who is camping in the troubled area, said concerted efforts were being made to ensure the movement of trucks stranded on the Assam side of the border.
The truckers association also took part in the meeting which was held between the district officials of the two states and was invited to resume its services to alleviate the hardship of the people of the two states, the government said. Assam.
Agarwal told reporters that the border issue should be resolved with a conciliatory approach, not confrontation.
He said that while it may take some time to resolve the dispute as it has to go through a certain process and mechanism, he exudes optimism for a solution found at the highest level.
Agarwal said the priority is to defuse tension along the interstate border and restore complete normalcy.
He called on people living on both sides of the border to maintain the good nature and camaraderie that exists between them.
There have been no other issues in the area that have seen houses and stalls set on fire, as a result of stones being thrown by people armed with sticks and dao, officials said.
The clash took place on Saturday evening between residents of the two states, as a result of which security agents, including those from the Indian reserve battalion, were deployed to areas affected by violence near the village of Vairengte in Mizoram and Lailapur in Assam, they said.
Clashes erupted as large numbers of Vairengte residents gathered in the area when residents of Assam threw stones at a group near the rickshaw stand on the outskirts of the border village on Saturday evening, they declared.
The angry mob from Vairengte retaliated and set fire to around 20 temporary bamboo huts and stands built along the national road by residents of Lailapur despite the enforcement of a ban, they said. added.
As tension mounts along the border, the Center has called on the two state governments to resolve their border dispute amicably and restore peace, officials said.
The chief ministers of Assam and Mizoram, Sarbananda Sonowal and Zoramthanga, also discussed the issue and agreed to work to bring peace to the area affected by violence.
Sonowal also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Interior Minister Amit Shah and briefed them on steps taken to restore peace along the Assam-Mizoram border.
During his video conference with the chief secretaries of the two states, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla urged state governments to restore normalcy, an official said.
Ramdinliani said Bhalla urged the Mizoram government to reduce security deployment in border areas when Assam’s chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna urged the neighboring state to withdraw its forces.
It was decided at the meeting that the two states would take steps to strengthen coordination at the district level to avoid any future deadlock, she said.

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