Assam-Mizoram border
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Mizoram’s apex student body Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) on Thursday demanded that the state government set up a police outpost and a forest beat post at Zophai area along the Assam-Mizoram border.

The demand was made following the decision of a joint meeting of MZP, NGOs and village council of Bairabi town, said MZP general secretary Lalnunmawia Pautu.

Pautu said the meeting discussed the border dispute with Assam and resolved to make concerted efforts to resolve it.

Earlier, the MZP had accused the state government of neglecting the issue of resolving the border dispute.

MZP president B. Vanlaltana had told reporters during a press conference on Monday that the government did not take concrete measures to resolve the long-pending issue.

He said the students’ body on being instructed the core committee on border issue had collected important documents and submitted the same to the state government.

He also warned that the students’ organisation would construct a resting shed at Zophai if Assam continues to violate the status quo by constructing structures, including a mosque.

Starting from last year, the Kachurthal Masjid Committee of Assam constructed a mosque at Zophai area on the disputed land.

The Mizoram government had requested to stop the construction at least on two occasions, officials said.

The construction was being put on hold after the Mizoram government had asked the committee to stop it recently, they said.

Meanwhile, officials of the state home department said the state government is making massive efforts to resolve the border dispute.

They said the state government had sent a letter to a secretary in Union ministry of home affairs on December 15 last year asking the ministry to review the Mizoram-Assam boundary on the basis of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation of 1873 and the Inner Line of the Lushai Hills notification, 1993.

The state government also collected important documents related to borders, they said.

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