Assam-Mizoram border dispute: Rajnath Singh's intervention sought

At least 20 injured as police baton charge students on Assam Mizoram border say reports

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Mizoram understudies' bodies requested that Assam Police work force leave the debated zone by tomorrow.

The move follows a letter from Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla to the home minister on Monday, requesting intervention in the boundary row that flared up last week.

It further said that the use of such a large number of armed police personnel and indiscriminate firing and brute force to stop a small group of unarmed innocent students from building the resting shed is totally uncalled for all those responsible police personnel and officers and district administrators should be punished appropriately by authorities concerned.

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Lal Thanhawla said that there had been border disputes with Assam like other such instances with neighbouring states which sometimes culminated into violent clashes causing hardships especially to those in the fringe areas.

Mizoram Chief Secretary Arvind Ray likewise reached his Assam partner V K Pipersenia and both the sides consented to hold chats on the outskirt question, it said.

The Union home ministry has also sought reports from the two states about the incident and steps being taken to normalise the situation. Students' organisations, including the Cachar district unit of Congress-affiliated National Students' Union of India (NSUI), also demanded safeguarding of the interest of non-Mizos in Mizoram. Assam Police had denied the charge and claimed that the Mizo students were pushed back when they tried to intrude into the state.

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Kolasib district magistrate R. Zarzosanga clamped Section 144 of the CrPC in Kolasib district on Tuesday, prohibiting assembly of more than five people.

The ministry, at the highest level, is in constant touch with both the governments of Assam and Mizoram, the official said.

The Mizoram Journalist Association staged a peaceful statewide sit-in in protest against Assam police's brutality last week.

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The Mizoram Police said other than an understudy who endured projectile damage, a few different individuals from the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), the Mizo summit understudies body, were likewise harmed when security powers in Assam turned to lathicharge at Zopui territory close Bairabi town in Kolasib locale.

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