Several houses and shops were torched by unidentified miscreants in Lailapur area in Cachar district of Assam late night on October 17.
Official sources stated that there has been simmering tension along the Assam-Mizoram inter-state border at Lailapur following the flare up.
Assam environment and forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya visited Lailapur on October 18 and took stock of the situation. The minister interacted with the local people to defuse the tension.
Suklabaidya said that the incident that took place on October 17 night was the handiwork of miscreants to create disturbance in society.
Assuring the local people living close to the border of safety and security, Suklabaidya said he would place their demands of police outpost and other security-related issues to higher authorities.
The minister said the civil and police administrations of Cachar are doing their best to deal with the situation and would take care of the security aspect so that the local people can live without fear.
He appealed to the people to remain calm and to help maintain peace and tranquillity along the border as “the government is with you all and will take necessary steps”.
Deputy Commissioner, Cachar, Keerthi Jalli too visited the troubled spot along the inter-state border to defuse tension and to instil a sense of security among the local people. Jalli assured the local residents that the administration would provide them security to ward off the evil machinations at work to create disturbance between the peoples of both the states.
Superintendent of police Bhanwar Lal Meena, who visited the area stated that local police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. “We got reports of a few temporary houses and stalls being burnt. Local police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. We are taking all possible steps to ensure such incidents do not recur in near future. We have also established contacts with our counterparts in Mizoram,” said Meena.