The Mizoram government has sought immediate halt of the construction of a temple and community activities in the disputed Mizoram-Tripura inter-state border at Thaidawr Tlang near Phuldungsei village in Mamit district, a home department official said on Sunday.
The official said that Mizoram home secretary Lalbiaksangi on Friday wrote to her Tripura counterpart Barun Kumar Sahu asking the latter to stop the proposed construction since any activities within the disputed interstate border can result in law and order problems.
In her letter, Lalbiaksangi informed Sahu that a report has been received by the Mizoram government that Songrongma of Tripura, a local indigenous organisation, is attempting to construct a temple at the disputed interstate border village near Phuldungsei at Thaidawr Tlang in Mamit district.
It is also reported that community work is proposed to be organized on 19 and 20 October, the letter said.
“Since any activities within the disputed interstate border can result in law and order problems, it is requested to kindly intervene and issue necessary instructions to the concerned district administration for the immediate and indefinite stoppage of the proposed construction,” read the letter.
The letter further said that the Survey of India has been requested to facilitate a joint spot verification involving both the Mizoram and Tripura governments to resolve the inter-state boundary issue at the earliest.
Sahu has reportedly said that he will look into the matter.
Mizoram shares 66 km inter-state border with Tripura.
Phuldungsei, a village with a population of over 600, is located under Kanchanpur sub-divisional of Tripura about 212 km from the state capital Agartala and 104 km from west Mizoram’s town.
However, the eastern side of the village falls under Mizoram, according to Mizoram’s Mamit district administration.
Earlier in August, the Tripura government had claimed that names of 130 state residents living at Phuldungsei village were found in Mizoram’s electoral roll and held dual ration cards of both the states.
Reacting to this, Mamit district deputy commission Dr. Lalrozama said that the 130 voters were Mizoram residents, who resided at the eastern side of Phuldungsei village, which is traditionally part of Mizoram’s territory.
He said that the village also held village council election during the state-wide rural and urban local body polls in August but there was no actual poll in the village because all the candidates elected unopposed.