Aizawl: Mizoram opposition People’s Conference Party (PCP) has urged the state government not to hold talks with neighbouring Assam over the state-boundary issue unless Assam police are withdrawn from the border areas, party sources said on Sunday.
The appeal came two days after a magisterial level meeting was held to diffuse tension between the two neighbouring states.
A statement issued by the party said that the Mizoram government should carefully deal and hold meetings with Assam citing that the latter has been tactfully using the ‘status quo’ tag to encroach and intrude on Mizoram’s territory, the sources said.
Citing that many areas and farmlands belonging to Mizoram are still occupied by Assam, the party urged the state government to evict Assam officials from those areas.
“We urged the Mizoram government not to hold any more talks with Assam till the state police are withdrawn from Aitlang area and farmlands belonging to Mizoram,” the party said in the statement.
The party, however, endorsed both states in their efforts to establish peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
As per the resolution of a ministerial meeting held on August 5, Mizoram and Assam had on Friday held a district magisterial level meeting via video conference as a confidence-building measure to defuse tensions, an official said on Sunday.
The meeting was attended by Mamit Deputy Commissioner Dr Lalrozama from Mizoram and Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Rohan Kumar Jha and Karimganj Deputy Commissioner Khargeswar Pegu.
The meeting resolved to maintain peace and tranquility, promote harmony and fraternity by abjuring hatred in the border areas and maintain support and co-operation for all economic activities with free and fearless public movement between the two states, the official said.
Besides, the meeting also decided that steadfast action be taken to de-escalate any arising border tensions as and when it happens, he said.
Among others, the meeting also agreed that prompt information sharing amongst the district authorities should be continued as the key element for confidence-building measures and to hold a regular meeting on a specific date and time on a monthly basis through various virtual online platforms as mandated by the state-level meeting in Aizawl last month, the official added.
In the recently concluded assembly session, Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana had said that efforts are on to evict Assam police from border areas like Aitlang and Buarchep areas.
He had informed the assembly that lands or plantation areas belonging to at least 20 farmers from Mizoram are still occupied by Assam police.
“Though efforts are on to evict Assam police, it is not convenient to evict them now by using force,” the home minister had told the assembly.
Mizoram shares about 164.6 km long inter-state boundary with Assam.
On July 26, the border dispute between the two Northeastern states turned into a bloody clash when police forces of the two states exchanged fire leaving at least six police personnel and a civilian from Assam dead and more than 60 people injured.
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