Mizoram shares inter-state borders with Assam, Manipur and Tripura and international border with Bangladesh and Myanmar
Mizoram shares inter-state borders with Assam, Manipur and Tripura and international border with Bangladesh and Myanmar|Representational image
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COVID-19: Mizoram sounds alert as cases spike in other NE states

Security tightened along borders with Assam, Tripura & Manipur to check movement of people; decision follows surge in coronavirus cases in neighbouring states

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: The Mizoram government on Thursday sounded alert and beefed up security along its inter-statie border following the spike in novel coronavirus cases in neighbouring states, a senior police officer said on Thursday.

Mizoram shares inter-state borders with Assam, Manipur and Tripura and international border with Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Mizoram deputy inspector general (Northern Range) Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said that security has been tightened along the state borders with Assam, Tripura and Manipur to check movement of people across the border.

The move follows the surge in novel coronavirus cases in neighbouring Assam, he said.

"We have alerted all check posts along the inter-state borders especially in Vairengte and Bairabi on the Mizoram-Assam border and Mamit district along the state border with Tripura," he said.

Khiangte said that they have reinforced the border check post in Mamit district to where one platoon of reinforcement has been sent on Thursday. He said that all the inter-state and international borders have been completely sealed barring Vairengte in Kolasib district in the wake of the rapidly increasing coronavirus spread.

"We have instructed our men and medical team at Vairengte to conduct strict medical screening of essential commodities besides passengers," he said.

Police personnel were on guard in at least 54 duty posts along the inter-state and international borders and 205 places across the state.

Khiangte said that policemen would also involved in all the duty posts along inter-state and international borders, which were earlier manned by local level task forces.

According to the police officer, the state police have identified at least 32 people from the state, who were believed to be present near or within a diametre of 250-500 meters from a religious congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin based on the digital footprints issued by intelligent department.

He said that all of them were put under home quarantine and were asymptomatic. "The matter has been referred to the health department for further action," he said.

Meawnhile, Kolasib deputy commissioner H Lalthlangliana said an essential commodities monitoring cell has been formed to monitor supply and ensure safety of essential commodities.

He said that the district administration stepped up screening along the state border with Assam as a containment measure.

Amid the controversial issue about a religious congregation at Nizammuddin in Delhi, at least 15 people have tested positive for novel coronavirus in Assam on Wednesday raising the toll to 16.

All the infected patients were linked to the Nizamuddin event, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said. Manipur also reported one more case on Wednesday after it had detected the first one on March 24.

Tripura has not reported any confirmed case of coronavirus till date, sources said.

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