Mizoram decides to withdraw forces from border

Mizoram has decided to pull its forces from its border with Assam following the intervention of the joint secretary of Union Ministry of Home Affairs (in-charge of northeast) Satyendra Kumar Garg, in Silchar on October 21, as per a press statement of Assam government.

Mizoram relented and announced its decision to withdraw forces after a meeting with the joint secretary, MHA (NE), Garg at Silchar circuit house.

Announcing the decision, Mizoram home secretary Pi Lalbiaksangi said Mizoram would withdraw its forces following the meeting with Satyendra Kumar Garg.

Garg said that the Centre, Assam government and Mizoram government had fruitful discussions and resolved to settle the matter amicably across the negotiation table.

Assam home secretary Gyanendra Dev Tripathi said that Mizoram had acceded to “our request and decided to withdraw its forces from Assam’s territory”.

Tripathi said both the sides held meetings to restore peace and normalcy in the disturbed areas and that efforts are on to start movement of trucks carrying essential commodities stranded on Assam side of the border to Mizoram.

Prior to this, home secretary level talks were held at Lailapur close to the inter-state border to bring back peace and tranquillity and for plying of stranded trucks and vehicles on Assam side of the border following the flare up on October 17 night.

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