Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Mizo scribes protest against attacks on them by Assam police

Mizo scribes protest against attacks on them by Assam police

Khan also told them that the border row issue had been taken up by Government of Assam not only with the Government of Mizoram but also the Central Government.

As strain mounted at the outskirt, Chief Ministers of Mizoram and Assam, Lal Thanhawla and Sarbananda Sonowal separately, held talks over telephone. When Assam police tried to stop the student activists, a clash ensued.

The Union home service likewise looked for reports from the two states about the episodes and the means being taken to standardize the circumstance.

The MZP leaders and activists have been camping in the area to construct a rest house at Zophai to be called Zofate Chawlhbuk on the land belonging to Ch Chhunga.

Adil Khan, Deputy Commissioner of Assam's border district Hailakandi, said the "police used minimum force" while controlling the mob and advised restraint on the part of all stakeholders. Security has been tightened along the boundary.

The administration of Hailakandi in Assam had clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC on 7 March in certain pockets of the district apprehending encroachment attempts from the Mizoram side.

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.

In Assam, former minister Siddique Ahmed urged chief secretary T.Y. Das to defuse the boundary tension that started at Kachurthal in Hailakandi district, adjoining Kolasib district of Mizoram.

On Monday, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), an influential students' body, and other organisations held statewide protests demanding resignation of the Congress government for allegedly failing to protect Mizoram's territory and students.

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

"We demand that the Assam government should identify those police personnel involved in the assault on the journalists and take strict action against them under the laws of the land", they said in a joint statement. The Mizoram chief minister in the letter described the alleged firing by the Assam Police on Mizo youths as "unfortunate and uncalled for", Sailo said.

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