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Confidence building measures along Assam-Mizoram border

14 March 2018

As strain mounted at the outskirt, Chief Ministers of Mizoram and Assam, Lal Thanhawla and Sarbananda Sonowal separately, held talks over telephone. He said Assam Police personnel and CRPF will continue to be deployed till the situation limps back to normalcy. Chief secretaries of the two states had held talks on the border dispute in 1995-96 and it was then decided that the talks should be taken up at the chief ministers' level, he said. Among others, a journalist was also injured.

The Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), comprising Mizoram's apex student body leaders and activists, have been camping in the disputed area with an attempt to construct a rest house inside the land of the first Mizoram chief minister Ch Chhunga following the latter's wife donating the land to the student organisation.

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Rajnath urged both the governments to maintain peace and public order along the boundary.

Officials of Assam's Hailakandi district administration said following the communiqué, the adjoining Kolasib administration must take immediate steps to defuse the situation by not allowing the people to assemble. Security has been tightened along the boundary.

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The Mizo Journalists' Association, an umbrella body of journalists in Mizoram, staged a sit-in in state capital Aizawl on Tuesday to protest against the attack on five journalists, including a woman television reporter, who were covering the stand-off last week. According to the police, the move followed "information from reliable sources that some individuals and organisations from the Mizoram side are planning to intrude into Assam's territory with the intention to encroach forest land and erect permanent structures, including religious structures".

Sonowal had also sought the home ministry's intervention and spoken to his Mizoram counterpart over phone to resolve the boundary row amicably.

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It further said that the use of such a large number of armed police personnel and indiscriminate firing and brute force to stop a small group of unarmed innocent students from building the resting shed is totally uncalled for all those responsible police personnel and officers and district administrators should be punished appropriately by authorities concerned.

Confidence building measures along Assam-Mizoram border