Mizoram Seeks Talks with Assam to Normalise Border Situation

An injured student at the protest site

An injured student at the protest site

"This is a positive development and augurs well as we are expecting the situation to return to normal along the Assam-Mizoram interstate border", said Khan.

The Mizoram government has described as "serious" the situation of the disputed border areas with Assam, and urged the neighbouring state to hold talks to reduce tension.

The joint statement also said "the fourth estate has a responsibility to report in public interest" and "deliberate targeting of journalists in full view can only have the effect of intimidating the media from conducting its duties".

The Hailakandi organization had yesterday braced prohibitory requests under segment 144 of the CrPC in specific regions securing infringement endeavors from the opposite side. According to the police, the move followed "information from reliable sources that some individuals and organisations from the Mizoram side are planning to intrude into Assam's territory with the intention to encroach forest land and erect permanent structures, including religious structures". Members of the meeting chaired by Lal Thanhawla, who is also the CLP leader, felt that the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) or Mizo Students Federation should be allowed to build a guest house on the land belonging to the first chief minister of Mizoram Ch Chhunga, the Congress leader said.

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The prohibitory orders were imposed in Kachurthal and other areas under the Ramnathpur police station, bordering Kolasib district of Mizoram.

Khan said that certain forces are at work to spread canards against the administration and derail the process to solve the border row peacefully and amicably at the highest government level.

The Mizo Journalists' Association, an umbrella body of journalists in Mizoram, staged a sit-in in state capital Aizawl on Tuesday to protest against the attack on five journalists, including a woman television reporter, who were covering the stand-off last week.

Adil Khan, Deputy Commissioner of Assam's border district Hailakandi, said the "police used minimum force" while controlling the mob and advised restraint on the part of all stakeholders. At least 40 people have died in clashes along the border with Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram since the 1960s.

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