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Houses, shops torched in fresh Assam-Mizoram border row


GUWAHATI: After Tripura, Assam is now caught in a fresh border dispute with Mizoram.

Some miscreants, who allegedly came from Mizoram, torched three houses and some roadside shops at Lailapur in southern Assam’s Cachar district on Saturday night. They also beat up people leaving several of them injured, locals said.

The incident occurred soon after a police team had returned from the site following a meeting. A few days ago, a fresh land dispute was reported from Karimganj district, also in southern Assam.

Official sources in Cachar said adequate security personnel had been deployed to thwart any untoward incident. The sources said the situation was under control.

“The miscreants from Mizoram are creating problems without any reason. They torched three houses and some shops by the roadside. We are trying to sort out the issues. An injured villager is admitted in the hospital,” Cachar Superintendent of Police BL Meena said.

The locals claimed over a dozen people were injured. The villagers had briefly blocked a highway leading up to Mizoram by erecting barricades as a mark of protest against frequent border skirmishes. As a result of the problems, some 200 vehicles, mostly goods-laden trucks and bound for Mizoram, were stranded.

Meanwhile, the Tripura government accused the District Magistrate of Mamit in Mizoram of using administrative powers, vis-a-vis prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, inside Tripura.

In a letter to David H Lalthangliana, who is the Officer on Special Duty-cum-Deputy Secretary of Mizoram, Tripura Additional Secretary AK Chakraborty wrote that the prohibitory orders, issued on October 16 by the Mamit DM indicating areas of North Tripura district of Tripura, were highly objectionable.

“The DM, Mamit, has erroneously mentioned Betlingchhip, which is currently under the complete administrative control and possession of the state of Tripura under North Tripura district. It may also be noted that the Tourism Department of Tripura constructed a watchtower at the peak of Betlingchhip long back. It can be safely said that the DM, Mamit, in his prohibitory orders has erroneously included Phuldungsai para/village (in Jampui) under Sabual VC of Jampui Hills RD Block in Kanchanpur subdivision of North Tripura district,” the letter reads.

The Tripura government urged the Mamit DM to immediately withdraw the orders as the areas in question are under the administrative control of the North Tripura district since Tripura attained statehood.

The Brus, (also called Reangs) were planning to rebuild a Shiva temple at Phuldungsai despite opposition from Mizo villagers. Fearing a law and order situation, the Mamit DM had clamped the prohibitory orders. Phuldungsai has Bru and Mizo populations. The Brus are by and large Hindus while the Mizos are Christians.