MZP members addressing media in Aizawl on March 14, 2018. Photo: Sangzuala Hmar

The apex student body of Mizoram, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl on Tuesday has decided to suspend further construction of rest shed at Zophai near the border town of Bairabi. The decision was made at the organisation’s emergent meeting held in Aizawl late Tuesday night.

“After repeated requests from the church leaders’ union and the central YMA, we have decided to withhold building Zofate Chawlhbuk for the time being,” Lalnunmawia Pautu, general secretary of the MZP said.

Several organisations of Mizoram, the central YMA, Mizoram Elders’ Union, apex women’s body of the state, the MHIP and Mizo Students’ Union have appealed to the Mizo Zirlai Pawl to suspend further construction of the rest shed at Zophai.

“The MZP has not withdrawn from its agenda of safeguarding the boundaries of Mizoram and has not back tracked from its attempt to build a rest shed at Zophai, but after monitoring the two state government’s mobilisation of its forces near the boundary we have withheld our agenda for the time being,” the student body’s official statement said.

The union home ministry has directed the two chief secretaries of Mizoram and Assam to hold talk on March 20 to sort out an amicable solution to the boundary standoff.

The Mizoram government has clamped CrPC 144 in Aizawl and at Kolasib district since last night. The Mizo Zirlai Pawl alleged the Mizoram government has still not recovered from its stupor on the boundary issue.

“Imposing the CrPC 144 in Aizawl and two towns in Kolasib district clearly implies that Lal Thanhawla’s government reluctant to safeguard its boundary,” the MZP said.

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