Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Friday alleged that essential commodities and Covid-19 related equipments heading towards the state are being blocked on the way outside the state as the blockade in neighbouring Assam in protest against the killing six cops entered the fifth day on Friday.
In his tweet where he tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, the Mizo chief minister urged that essential commodities and Covid-19 medical supplies be not blocked.
“Essential commodities and Covid-19 related medical equipment for Oxygen Plant should never be blocked,” the tweet reads.
The Mizoram government has begun transporting essential commodities, including LPG, oil and rice, from Tripura from Wednesday.
State Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs minister K. Lalrinliana said that the government is also negotiating with the Manipur government to facilitate transportation of essential commodities from the neighbouring state.
Apart from Assam, Mizoram shares about 160 km long inter-state border with Manipur in the north- east and Tripura in the west.
Earlier on Thursday, Lalrinliana had told EastMojo that some oil tankers will arrive in the state from Tripura Friday. Seven more oil tankers and four LPG trucks will also be heading towards Argatala on Friday, he had said.
He had said that there was no report of essential commodities crisis till date due to the retaliatory blockade in Assam. Moreover, Mizoram is currently under lockdown due to Covid-19.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Mizoram government had written to Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), seeking its intervention to lift economic blockade on the National Highway-306 in Assam.
NH-306 is the lifeline of Mizoram linking the northeastern state with rest of the country through Assam’s Silchar.
“Unknown miscreants from Assam have destroyed and removed railway tracks at Mohammedpur and Ramnathpur railway stations in Assam’s Hailakandi district, the only railway line connecting Bairabi railway station in Mizoram’s Kolasib district,” the letter also said.
However, Assam denied that there was economic blockade in the state.
The Mizoram Merchant Association (MIMA), an umbrella body of 25 merchant associations in the state on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention for immediate construction of uprooted railway tracks in Assam that links to Mizoram.
On Wednesday, a 12-hour bandh was observed in Assam’s Barak Valley comprising of three districts- Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj with which Mizoram shares about 164.6 km border, in protest against the killing of six cops and a civilian from Assam in a violent clash over border dispute on Monday.
The Assam government on Thursday issued a travel advisory asking people not to travel to Mizoram and advised people from the state working or staying there to exercise utmost caution. Mizoram, however, issued a notice Friday that said there will be “no restriction on the movement of non-residents of Mizoram travelling through Kolasib District.”
The notice issued by Deputy Commissioner of Kolasib district further added: “Mizo residents are advised to allow no disturbance and to cause no harm to non-locals within Kolasib district in connection with the inter-state boundary issue at Mizoram-Assam border.”
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga further appealed to the people to refrain from any sort of violence and remain peaceful. He urged the Mizo people to show restrain and ensure that no non-tribal are harmed in the state in the wake of the border dispute.
The Mizoram government had earlier instructed all Deputy Commissioners and Superintendent of Police (SP) to take necessary measure so that not a single non-tribal is harmed in the state.
The Central Committee of Young Mizo Association (CYMA), the largest civil society in the state had also issued a release urging the Mizo people to show kindness and ensure the safety of non-tribal in the state.
The Aizawl Mosque Committee and the Mizoram Muslim Welfare Committee had earlier issued a statement asserting that no Assam residents and other non-Mizos are either harassed or harmed over the border faceoff.
A senior police officer told EastMojo on Friday that no non-Mizos are assaulted or harmed till date.
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