Tensions ease as movement of vehicles resume along Assam-Mizoram border

The border tension between Assam and Mizoram seems to have eased with the movement of vehicles between the states. The blockade on National Highway 306 has been lifted after 12 days, officials said on November 9.

According to a PTI report, at least 23 vehicles have entered Mizoram from Assam with police escort till 4 pm on November 9. Similarly, 31 vehicles crossed the border and entered Assam till the evening, while 19 more were on the way to leave Mizoram, Lalbiakthanga Khiangte deputy inspector general of police (northern range) of Mizoram informed the news agency.

Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were deployed in the disputed areas – Vairengte and Saihapui villages in Mizoram’s Kolasib district bordering Assam’s Cachar district, and Thinghlun village in west Mizoram’s Mamit district along the Karimganj district of Assam.

No report of fresh violence: Police

Police also said that there is no report of fresh violence along the border.

The blockades started on October 28 after clashes broke out. Residents of Lailapur demanded the withdrawal of Mizoram forces from what they claimed as Assam’s territory.

Mizoram had refused to pull out, arguing that forces were deployed within its territory.

At a meeting, chaired by Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, between the chief secretaries of Assam and Mizoram on November 8, it was decided that Mizoram will partly withdraw its forces from the border areas and the blockade on NH-306 on the Assam side will be lifted.

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