Tensions are running high between the two states after several people were injured in violent clashes between the people of Assam and Mizoram. Slums and shops were set on fire during the violence. The condition of one of the injured is critical. On Sunday, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal briefed the Prime Minister’s Office and the Union Home Ministry on the whole matter.
The situation is under control at the moment. The violence-affected areas include the village of Bairanga in Mizoram and Lyallpur in Assam. The Mizoram government has deployed Indian Reserve Corps in the violence-hit areas. A meeting with the two countries will be held on Monday under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla to resolve the issue. Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamalian said the chief secretaries of the two states would attend the meeting. Chief Minister Sonwal spoke to the Chief Minister of Mizoram on the phone and called for a strong solution to the issue. Mizoram Chief Minister Joramthanga also assured Sonwal of restoring peace. Joramthang held a cabinet meeting to discuss the border dispute.
At first the people of Assam threw stones
The deputy commissioner of Kolasib district said some people from Assam had allegedly beaten a group near an autorickshaw stand on the outskirts of a border village on Saturday evening. After this a large number of villagers gathered at Bairanga. Despite the curfew in the area, the agitated mob in Bairanga set fire to about 20 temporary huts and shops on the National Highway owned by the people of Lailapur village.
The injured are being treated
The deputy commissioner of police said several people, including four from Mizoram, were injured in the hours-long violent clashes. One person injured in the clash has been admitted to Kolasib District Hospital, his condition is critical due to deep injuries in Gagardan. The three were treated at the village public health center in Bairanga. One of the injured has been admitted to Silchar Medical College and Hospital in Assam, police said.
Such incidents happen every year: Minister
Assam Forest Minister and local MLA Parimal Shukla Vaidya said such incidents happen in the area almost every year because people on both sides cut down trees illegally. Sushmita Dev, a former Congress MP from Silchar, said that when she visited the affected areas, administration officials were absent, people were by their side.