Assam-Mizoram border tension defused
AIZAWL, March 14: The tension along Assam-Mizoram border have died down after Mizo Zirlai Pawl, State’s apex student body, decided to suspend construction of a rest shed at Zophai near the border town of Bairabi. The decision was made at the organisation’s emergent meeting held in Aizawl late on Tuesday night, amidst escalating tensions. MZP made the decision after fervent appeals from Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, a conglomeration of church leaders and Central Young Mizo Association, the largest non-governmental organisation in Mizoram, MZP general secretary Lalnunmawia Pautu said. 

Tension had escalated on Tuesday as MZP looked determined to go ahead with its plan to construct a rest shed at Zophai. Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has convened a meeting of the Chief Secretaries of Mizoram and Assam next week to resume dialogue on the boundary dispute between the two States in the wake of protests by students which turned violent recently. This was conveyed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who had approached him seeking his intervention in the ongoing boundary dispute between Mizoram and Assam by resuming the talks and ensuring peace along the border. 

The Home Ministry also told the State Governments to enforce prohibitory orders and deploy forces wherever necessary. Both the district magistrates of Kolasib, under whose jurisdiction falls the disputed area, and Aizawl district on Tuesday clamped CrPC 144 in the respective districts. Early on Tuesday night, many panic stricken non-tribals living in the State were leaving Mizoram. - Assam Tribune

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