The student leaders also visited and inspected the ongoing construction work of a mosque by Kachurchol Masjid Committee on the disputed area
The student leaders also visited and inspected the ongoing construction work of a mosque by Kachurchol Masjid Committee on the disputed area|EastMojo image
MIZORAM

Mizos vow to build shed along disputed site bordering Assam

A team of student leaders visits proposed site for construction of resting shed at Zophai on disputed land along Assam border, says MZP general secretary Lalnunmawia

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Barely two years after an attempt to construct a resting shed sparked off border dispute between Mizoram and Assam, Mizoram’s apex student organization, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), on Thursday reiterated that it would construct a resting shed at Zophai area along the state border with Assam.

MZP general secretary Lalnunmawia said that a team of student leaders on Thursday visited the proposed site for construction of the resting shed at Zophai area on the disputed land along the Mizoram-Assam border.

Pautu said that the student body would construct resting shed at Zophai area if Assam continues to construct structures along the inter-state border by breaching the status quo.

The student leaders also visited and inspected the ongoing construction of a mosque by Kachurchol Masjid Committee on the disputed area.

Pautu alleged that the construction is being currently undertaken despite a prohibitory order issued by Mizoram government to stop it.

He said that the Mizoram government on Wednesday re-appealed to the Kachurchol Masjid Committee to stop the mosque construction which has been halted for a short period after the Mizoram government served prohibitory order on the question of status quo last year.

He said that the student leaders witnessed the ongoing construction on Thursday and dismantled a section of it, which was undertaken after the order on Wednesday.

“We also ask the committee to maintain status quo and stop the construction,” he said. An attempt by this correspondent to contact the committee and Assam Police went futile.

In March 2018, functionaries of the MZP had constructed a wooden resting shed at Zophai, near Bairabi town in an area that the student body claimed belonged to Mizoram. The resting shed was destroyed overnight.

The student body had attempted to re-construct the resting shed, which unfortunately sparked off border dispute between the two neighbouring states.

In a standoff that took place in March 8 and 10 that year, more than 60 people were allegedly injured when police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the students.

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