After the recent clash between Assam and Mizoram police forces near the border, the Mizoram government has asked the Centre to intervene.
Mizoram has alleged that some Assam miscreants have removed the state’s railway tracks and blocked the National Highway (NH). The blockage has resulted in the disruption of transportation in the state.
The statement said that unknown Assam miscreants had destroyed the railway tracks of Mohammedpur railway station and Ramnathpur railway station near Hailakandi. Other than the two, there is only one railway in Mizoram, Bairabi railway station, which miscreants have blocked.
The valley people of Assam have also secured the Silchar-Aizawl highway of NH-306. Home Secretary of Mizoram, Pu Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, has requested the central government to intervene and remove the blockade so that the goods and passengers will be able to travel.
The statement further stated that no general public or state agency is allowed to block the transportation routes and asked the central government to intervene to remove the block immediately, and operations and transportation can continue.
He also stated that this move could be concerning because the blockade of the highway and routes will lead to an economic blockade. The people of Mizoram have been affected by this disruption.
The government remembered that in October 2020, they went through a similar blockade because of the conflict between the two states at that time.
Earlier this week, violence broke out between Assam and Mizoram, which led to the death of over seven people and fifty people succumbed to injuries. The chief ministers of the state accused each other of the violence and engaged in a spat on Twitter.
Assam and Mizoram share a border of 164km. Both states, time and again, have accused each other of infringing on the constitutionality of territory. Since the 1950s, the central government has been trying to make amends between the two states.
Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to both chief ministers after the news of violence was reported. The Home Minister urged Zoramthanga and Himanta Biswa Sarma to restore peace alongside the border and solve the issue.
The Assam police arrived in Delhi to interrogate K Vanlalvena, Mizoram’s Rajya Sabha MP, about the alleged violence statement.
Vanlalvena allegedly said that around 200 policemen had entered the territory and pushed the policemen of Mizoram, which led to the firing between both the states.
He said that the Mizoram policemen would take extreme measures next time and said, ‘shall kill them all.’ The Assam police tweeted that they are investigating the matter, and in light of the comments made by Vanlalvena, the Assam police alleged that it could be a conspiracy.
Meanwhile, the Mizoram CM tweeted videos of violence against the state’s people, including a video of a couple harassed when they entered near Assam.
He also claimed that the Assam police had harassed some of the members of the Mizoram state by releasing tear gases in the auto-rickshaws and charging batons at several civilians.