Assam-Mizoram Border Issue: Trucks Resume Movement After 12 Days of Dispute

Trucks from the remainder of the nation rumbled into Mizoram throughout a disputed border with neighbouring Assam late Saturday evening, some 12 days after a bloody conflict between police forces of the 2 states.

Truckers who had parked their vehicles at Dholai close to the tense border and refused to maneuver even after an off-the-cuff blockade enforced by locals had been lifted, began shifting important provides together with medicines, diesel and cooking gasoline after two Assam Ministers Ashok Singhal and Parimal Suklabaidya on Saturday satisfied them it was secure to journey throughout the border to Mizoram.

Kolasib Superintendent of Police (SP), Vanlalfaka Ralte stated greater than 50 automobiles have entered Mizoram since Saturday evening until Sunday morning.

“Traffic movement between the two neighbouring states as of now is quite smooth…However, we are still on alert as untoward incident can happen at any time,” Ralte, who’s tenting at Vairengte, instructed PTI over the telephone.

Cachar Superintendent of Police Ramandeep Kaur additionally confirmed to PTI that automobiles “have been shifting beneath heavy police escorts. Though initially there was some resistance from locals, after the 2 ministers held negotiations, the automobiles began shifting.” Silchar’s Mizoram House Liaison Officer (LO) Kaptluanga said that before trucking began in earnest, some 9 Mizoram-bound vehicles were attacked and vandalised by miscreants at Lailapur on Saturday evenning.

The development happened after Assam and Mizoram ministers met last week to thrash out differences and agreed to maintain calm along the border and resolve their differences amicably.

Some drivers however remained reluctant to move their vehicles across the border. Rahul Hussain, a stranded driver, said they “had been prepared to enter Mizoram” but demanded a written assurance for protection to be given.

Despite an attempt by Home Minister Amit Shah to resolve a raft of long-standing border disuptes between Assam and its neighbours earlier last month, at least six Assam Police personnel and one civilian were killed and more than 50 people injured in a fire-fight between the police of the two states on July 26, which broke on Assam’s Cachar border with Mizoram.

The two states share a 164.6-km border between Assam’s Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts, and Mizoram’s Kolasib, Mamit and Aizawl districts.

Both states have differing interpretations of their territorial border. While Mizoram believes that its border lies along an ‘inner line’ drawn up in 1875 to protect tribals from outside influence, Assam goes by a district demarcation done in the 1930s.

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