Mizoram chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo immediately contested the allegation and wrote to the Union home ministry, accusing people from the Assam side of destroying crops of Mizo farmers and the administration of illegally building a road.
CM Sarma said Assam would protect its “constitutional boundary with Mizoram with all its might” in the face of continued aggression. “The situation along the Assam-Mizoram border (in Cachar district) has remained tense over the past six months. The situation hasn’t improved as we had expected it to. In the last month or so, we have ensured that no one from the Mizoram side can intrude into Assam.”
He said an officer of the rank of additional DGP and several other senior Assam cops were currently camping along the inter-state border. “We have constructed border outposts and roads along the border to protect the constitutional boundary.”
The explosions that rocked the inter-state boundary in Ca-char were all on the Mizoram side and probably intended to be a scare tactic, Sarma said. “Mizoram police will definitely probe the incidents, but Assam police won’t retreat.”
The CRPF, which is a neutral force deployed at Khulicherra Point-II, has been asked to probe the suspected blasts inside Mizoram territory.
In his letter to the additional secretary (NE) of the Union home ministry, the Mizoram chief secretary said, “A few farmers of Buarchep village of Mizoram were pushed and harassed, their crops destroyed and a new road constructed with excavators.”
People from Mizoram had allegedly encroached on land stretching up to 6.5km inside Khulicherra in Assam’s Dholai a few days ago. Assam police and the civil administration carried out an eviction drive soon after.
Mizoram shares a164.6-km-long border with Assam. Several rounds of dialogue involving the Centre have been held since 1995 to resolve the dispute, only for it to flare up every now and then.
(With inputs from Kangkan Kalita, BB Goswami & HC Vanlalruata)