Forest department officials have reportedly stopped an “illegal concrete construction,” allegedly done by some Mizo people along the Assam-Mizoram border in Cachar district.

Based on specific information, a team of forest officials led by Cachar DFO Sunnydeo Choudhary rushed to Lailapur on the Assam-Mizoram border on Thursday and stopped “illegal concrete construction,” allegedly done by some Mizo people.

A forest official said the construction was carried out at a place which is approximately 600 metres from Lailapur beat office towards Mizoram.

“Such construction work cannot take place in the vicinity wherein neutral forces are deployed for vigil,” DFO Choudhary told reporters.

Earlier, personnel of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Border Security Force (BSF) were deployed along the Assam-Mizoram border in the wake of heightened tension.

Assam and Mizoram have differed on the boundary since 1972 when the latter was carved out of the former as a Union Territory.

The last incident of violence along the border was in March 2018 when members of the Mizo Students’ Union tried to reconstruct a resting shed on disputed land that the Assam police personnel had demolished.

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