The advisory issued by the Home and Political Department, Government of Assam said, “Given the critical prevailing situation, the people of Assam are advised not to travel to Mizoram as any threat to the personal safety of people of Assam cannot be accepted.”
The advisory added the people of Assam working in Mizoram to be cautious. “People of Assam, staying in Mizoram due to work-related compulsion, should exercise utmost caution,” the advisory read.
“With the purpose of ensuring safety and security, a travel advisory is hereby issued to all the people of Assam,” it added.
Signed by M.S. Manivannan, Commissioner and Secretary, Home and Political Department, Government of Assam, the advisory said, “Even after this incident, certain Mizo Civil Society, students and youth organizations are constantly issuing provocative statements against the state of Assam and its people.”
“It is reliably learnt from video footage available with Assam Police, that many civilians are heavily armed with automatic weapons etc.,” it added.
Earlier, during a Chief Secretary-level meeting called by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Wednesday, both Assam and Mizoram decided to withdraw their police forces from the disputed inter-state border. The meeting decided to deploy a central armed police force as a “neutral force” on the inter-state border.
Assam’s Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts share a 164-km long border with Mizoram’s Aizawl, Kolasib and Mamit districts.
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