Aizawl: Following a minor clash along the Assam-Mizoram border on Saturday, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) on Monday demanded the Assam forest department to vacate the “illegally-occupied” building at the Inner Line Permit Reserved Forest area before July 12 this year.
The MZP — a powerful students’ body of the state — also requested the government of Mizoram to build a rest house at the disputed area before July 17. If these demands are not met, the MZP threatened to organise a statewide rally on July 19 this year.
The MZP said that it was necessary for the state government to take the necessary actions as its counterpart in Assam does not seem to respect the status quo.
On July 6, the Assam forest department occupied an old cinema hall building within the Inner Line Permit Reserved Forest area. Following the incident, residents of the nearby Mizo town of Vairengte reached the spot and demanded that the Assam forest department should respect the status quo between the two states and vacate the area immediately, but to no avail.
Many verbal exchanges took place but the matter was resolved when the deputy commissioner of Kolasib, Zoengsanga, and other officials reached the spot.
On February 27 last year, the MZP built a resting shed for farmers on the land donated by former Mizoram CM Ch Chhunga somewhere in the Inner Line Permit Reserved Forest. The same evening, the Assam police and the state forest department demolished the structure contending it was built on Assam’s land. This sparked a violent dispute between the two states.
On March 10, the Assam police brutally assaulted and opened fire at Mizoram’s journalists and students. Over 20 people were injured in the incident.