Love in times of distress: Mizos provide food & shelter to stranded truckers
Aizawl: At a time when Mizoram and its two neighbouring states - Assam and Tripura are at loggerheads over boundary issues, Mizoram has shown the greater spirit of kindness during the difficult times, by helping those stranded in the state, especially truck drivers stuck on the national highway 306.
In the face of escalated border tension after a violent clash near Vairengte on the Mizoram-Assam border on Saturday, the Mizoram government and civil society organisation are giving food and shelter to truckers coming from various states especially from Assam, who are marooned on the national highway while transporting commodities.
Kolasib district deputy commissioner Dr H Lalthlangliana said that the government gave shelter to stranded drivers at schools in Kolasib town and Kawnpui village along the national highway and volunteers of Young Mizo Association provided them with food.
He said the Mizo people being a peace loving community can’t hate their fellow human beings despite scuffle over boundary issues, which is completely a matter between two governments.
Chief Minister Zoramthanga has lauded the stellar act of kindness shown by the Mizo people on Sunday.
“With illegitimate miscreants threatening to intensify their economic blockade over Mizoram, this is what the peace loving Mizos are doing right now; feeding innocent and stranded non-Mizos in addition to protecting what’s rightfully ours,” he said in a tweet attaching a photo of stranded drivers being served food by YMA volunteers.
The caption of the photo reads “The non-Mizo stranded drivers were being fed by the Kolasib Young Mizo Association amidst border tension between Mizoram and Assam. This is the true nature of a peace loving Mizo people. God bless both the YMA and stranded drivers.”
YMA is the largest philanthropic organisation in the state having more than 4.5 lakh members across the state and outside the state.
Mizoram is one of the best performing states in the country in tackling Covid-19 and helping the needy, including stranded outsiders, during the coronavirus induced lockdown.
Meanwhile, the state cabinet on Sunday expressed regret over the unilateral and provocative acts of disturbing public peace and harmony in the border areas at three locations - Thinghlun in Mamit district, Saihapui ‘V’ and Vairengte, both in Kolasib district.
It is allegedly that the violence was perpetrated by the district administrations of Assam’s Cachar and Karimganj districts administration. According to home minister Lalchamliana, the bitter fight between residents of Vairengte and Assam’s Lailapur village, left at least 7 people from Mizoram injured.
The cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Zoramthanga also urged the Assam government to take measures in order to restore normalcy in the border areas.
Home minister Lalchamliana said that the Mizoram government is actively engaging with the Assam government to resolve the current border standoff.
He said that chief secretaries of both Mizoram and Assam will hold a virtual meeting under the chairmanship of Union Home secretary Ajay Bhalla on Monday to defuse tension. The meeting is underway at the time of filing this report.
The home minister further said that the state government is making massive efforts to obtain essential commodities as supply has been disrupted due to an economic blockade staged by people in Assam’s Barak valley in connection with the border standoff.