Assam says Mizoram tried to construct bridge in its territory, stopped

Aizawl: The Mizoram government has deployed additional forces along the state border with Assam to restore normalcy and allay fears among the public in the wake of violent clash that took place near Vairengte town on the Mizoram-Assam border on Monday, Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana said on Tuesday.

Assam government also announced on Tuesday that it will deploy around 4,000 commandos in border areas to protect the state’s constitutional boundary.

Lalchamliana on Tuesday paid a visit to Vairengte and duty posts of Mizoram police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) near the border town where a violent clash and firing took place between forces of Mizoram and Assam on Monday.

He said that the state government has deployed additional forces at Saihapui “V” village, Aitlang and Zophai areas on the state border with Assam to prevent aggression and encroachment from the neighbouring state.

He expressed regret for the incident that took place near Vairengte on Monday in which some police personnel were killed in firing.

“While efforts were being made to defuse tension between the two states, the Assam police provocation had compelled the Mizoram police to reciprocate in order to protect the Mizoram police duty post,” Lalchamliana was quoted as saying in an official statement.

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The home minister also blamed CRPF for allegedly allowing Assam forces to enter Mizoram territory and forcibly taking over a duty post manned by the paramilitary force and Mizoram police on the outskirts of Vairengte on the state border with Assam on Monday.

He alleged that the central paramilitary forces jawans were not honouring their responsibility as neutral forces to maintain law and order and prevent violent clashes.

He further alleged that the CRPF jawans refused to provide protection to Kolasib superintendent of police and some police officers when they rushed to the CRPF camp at the time of exchange of firing between forces of Mizoram and Assam on Monday.

An official of CRPF said that a probe has been order to find out if there was any lapse with the jawans and disciplinary action will be taken accordingly.

In a sharp escalation of decades-old boundary dispute between Mizoram and Assam, at least five cops were killed and several injured in violent clash and firing exchanged between two forces near Vairengte on Monday.

While Mizoram alleged that Assam first opened fire towards its forces and civilians, which formed them to retaliate, Assam claimed that the neighbouring state opened fire and used light machine guns while discussion on border issue was ongoing between officials and police officers of the two states.

Mizoram shares about 164.6 km long inter-state boundary with Assam. Several efforts to resolve the boundary dispute since 1994 yielded little results. 

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