Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua on Wednesday said that central forces are soon arriving in the state for deployment along the interstate border with Mizoram.
“A notification for central forces is out…they would be deployed along the border areas in Cachar and Karimganj districts. When the forces come, there will be peace on both sides,” Barua said.
The chief secretary directed the Cachar and Karimganj district administration authorities to maintain constant vigil along the interstate border with Mizoram at Lailapur and Medlicherra to “thwart the sinister design of certain forces to disturb peace in the area”.
Barua and director general of police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta reviewed the law and order, along the interstate border with Mizoram, with the deputy commissioners, superintendents, deputy inspector general (southern range), inspector general of police, divisional forest officers, and other officials.
The chief secretary said that they had come to Silchar, as per instructions of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, to assess the law and order situation, and to meet the family of the victim who “died at the hands of miscreants on the other side of the border”.
Rs 5 lakh was handed over to the family of the victim, he said.
“I am concerned that an innocent life was lost possibly due to the handiwork of criminals. We would like to have a detailed inquiry into it,” Barua said.
Tension has been prevailing along the Assam-Mizoram border since last month, after several dwelling units were damaged by criminals, following which talks were held between the officials of the two states.
The situation turned grimmer following the death of 45-year-old Intazul Laskar, a resident of Cachar district, with the Assam government claiming that he was abducted, and Mizoram officials stating that he was a drug peddler, who sustained serious injuries while trying to escape and died.