In view of the tensions along the border with Assam, the Mizoram government has taken steps to ferry transport fuels and other essentials from neighbouring Tripura and Manipur, officials said on Friday.
Kolasib Deputy Commissioner H. Lalthlangliana, in a notification, said that there are no restrictions on the movement of non-residents of Mizoram travelling through the district, which abuts Assam’s Cachar.
“Mizo residents are also advised to allow no disturbance and to cause no harm to non-locals within Kolasib district in connection with the inter-state boundary issue at Mizoram-Assam border,” it said.
Meanwhile, an Indian Oil Corporation official in Agartala said that steps are being taken to supply petrol and diesel to Mizoram by road.
Mizoram Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister K. Lalrinliana said in Aizawl that the state government has begun transporting petrol, diesel and other essentials from Tripura and Manipur even though, at the moment, there is no shortage of these indispensable items in the mountainous state.
“The state currently has sufficient rice stocks for around three months. Other essential items are also coming in,” he told reporters.
The Mizoram government had already requested the Union Home Ministry to intervene into “the economic blockade” on National Highway 306 in Assam as this is the lifeline of the hilly state, linking it with the rest of the country.
In a letter to Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Home Secretary Pi Lalbiaksangi requested that the Centre may intervene and instruct the Assam government to take necessary action for the immediate removal of the blockade to ensure resumption of the movement of goods and passengers along the highway and railways.
Six Assam Police personnel and a civilian were killed and 62 injured in a violent clash with Mizoram police on the inter-state border at Lailapur in Cachar district.