Aizawl: No vehicles carrying either essential commodities or passengers have entered Mizoram since Monday despite the Assam government’s claim that no economic blockade has been clamped in the state in the wake of escalated border tension and bloody clashes on Monday that left at least 6 cops and a civilian dead, a police officer said on Saturday.

Officer in-charge of Vairengte police station Lalchawimawa said that not a single vehicle has entered Mizoram from Assam on Saturday.

He, however, said that some trucks were heading towards Assam from Mizoram on Saturday.

Located in the northern fringe of Mizoram, Vairengte is the nearest border town and gateway to Mizoram, near where the violent clashes took place on Monday.

The National Highway-306 passes through this border town.

“No vehicles from Assam entered Mizoram till 3 pm on Saturday. However, few trucks from Mizoram have left Mizoram towards Assam,” Lalchawimawia said.

He said there is no restriction of traffic movement in Mizoram and vehicles are moving to Assam daily even after the violent clash. According to him, the situation along the inter-state border is under control and is calm now.

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The Centre has deployed more troops of Central Armed Forces in the border areas.

The Mizoram government on Friday dashed off another letter to the Union Home Ministry complaining of economic blockade in Assam and seeking the Centre’s intervention to lift the blockade.

“The economic blockade has continued till today. As a result, no vehicular traffic has entered Mizoram from Assam,” Mizoram home secretary Lalbiaksangi said in her letter to Union Additional Home Secretary in-charge of Northeast.

The letter said that vehicles carrying essential commodities and Covid-19 consignment like test kits are stranded at Lailapur-Dholai area in Assam’s Cachar district on the NH-306.

Besides, the railway tracks destroyed at three locations in Assam have not been restored and railway traffic movement has not resumed till today, it said.

On July 28, the state home secretary had written a letter to the MHA, seeking its intervention to lift economic blockade being clamped in Assam since July 26.

Meanwhile, the state government has  opened alternate routes to import essential commodities from other two neighbouring states- Tripura and Manipur.

Lalrozama, Deputy Commissioner of Mamit district, which shares border with Tripura, said that essential commodities, including oil and LPG are coming in from Tripura.

Sizeable number of traders from Tripura have also entered Mizoram on Saturday, he said.

The government is making massive efforts to ensure smooth movement of traffic between the two neighbouring states, he added. 

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