A senior Mizoram official has accused Assam of disregarding the unanimous decision taken by the chief secretaries of the two states over the ongoing inter-state border dispute.
As per the decision taken in the presence of Union home secretary, Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Mizoram would withdraw its forces from the disputed area along the inter-state border.
It would deploy Border Security Force (BSF) in their place while the economic blockade on Assam side would be lifted immediately.
The national highway-306 was blocked again by protesters in Assam from Tuesday evening.
The blockade had begun on October 28 demanding the withdrawal of Mizoram forces from the inter-state border.
“Futile action by miscreants, least needed at times like this; while the Central Government’s diplomatic approach slowly unfurls peace to both the states,” Mizoram chief minister, Zoramthanga tweeted.
“We have withdrawn our forces and deployed BSF personnel in the disputed Vairengte, Saihapui ‘V’ and Thinghlun villages. However, only a few vehicles were released from Assam till Tuesday,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
Only a few personnel of the state forces remained at the disputed areas to provide security to the Mizo people till normalcy is restored.
Meanwhile, Mizoram deputy inspector general of police (Northern Range), Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said a total of 40 vehicles, including 28 heavy trucks carrying essential commodities have entered Mizoram from Assam till Tuesday evening.
A total of 192 vehicles, including 174 heavy trucks were released from the state for Assam till Tuesday evening.
On the other hand, over 150 women from Phainuam village staged a peaceful protest against the economic blockade between Phainuam Buarchep and Saihapui ‘V’ village on Tuesday.
Shouting slogans, “We live in our land,” and “We will stand for Mizoram till death”, they alleged NH-306 had been blocked by illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.
People’s Conference Party president, Lalhmangaiha Sailo alleged that the Centre did not take concrete steps to lift the economic blockade.
The police also arrested at least 21 picketers belonging to the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) on Tuesday for blocking the movement of a freight train bound for Mizoram at the Muhammadpur Railway Station in Assam’s Hailakandi.