Security has been beefed up along the Assam-Mizoram border in Kachurthal area of Hailakhandi district as tension continued in the area for last few days.
Tension has been prevailing in the area ever since some members of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), an apex student body, erected a working shed and a temporary checkpost in the disputed area, which were later dismantled by the Assam police personnel, police officials said.
The police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officers will be stationed along the border till normalcy returns to the region, the officials said.
Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan said the district administration, with the help of adequate forces, has “ensured that not one inch of Assam’s land is encroached upon”.
“We will not let our guard down and constantly keep an eye on the situation,” the DC said.
The repeated attempts made by several organisations of Mizoram yesterday to ‘intrude’ into Assam’s territory were thwarted by the police and paramilitary forces, a government release said here today.
Around 50 activists of these organizations pelted stones at the police and CRPF personnel deployed along the border, it said.
“The deputy commissioner and other officials of the administration tried to pacify the activists and asked them not to enter into Assam’s territory but they did not pay any heed to it. When they forced their way into Assam’s territory, they were pushed back with minimum force,” it added.
The members of the MZP and the Young Mizo Association were lathicharged by the Assam Police. The MZP claimed at least 20 students were injured in the police action.
The Mizoram Journalists’ Association also alleged that six scribes who had gone there to cover the programme were attacked by the Assam police personnel despite flaunting their press cards.