Mizo scribes protest against attacks on them by Assam police

Centre Seeks Report From Assam Mizoram After Clashes

Centre Seeks Report From Assam Mizoram After Clashes

Members of the Mizoram Journalist Association during the sit-in on Tuesday. Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba will chair the meeting.

The Union home service likewise looked for reports from the two states about the episodes and the means being taken to standardize the circumstance.

The action by Assam police took place on Thursday and Saturday last week when the scribes were covering the erection of a guest house by Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), the student apex body of the state, in Kolasib district on a piece of land gifted to them by the widow of the first chief minister Ch Chhunga, Vantawl said.

Protestors from Mizoram had clashed with Assam Police in Bairabi, he said. Among others, a journalist was also injured.

Rajnath urged both the governments to maintain peace and public order along the boundary.

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. The administration of Assam's Hailakandi district, bordering Mizoram, had on March 7 clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPc with immediate effect in certain areas apprehending encroachment attempts from the other side. It said at least eight journalists were injured and sought justice for them.

Mizoram Chief Secretary Arvind Ray, in a letter, to Alok Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary of Assam, on Saturday evening proposed that the two deputy commissioners of Kolasib district in Mizoram and Hailakandi district in Assam should hold talks before March 15 to normalise the situation. A team of AIUDF legislators, led by Katlicherra (in Hailakandi) MLA Suzam Uddin Laskar, also met chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, requesting his intervention for the sake of non-Mizos living in Mizoram and the people living along the boundary in Hailakandi. 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". He told the gathering that both the neighbouring States were holding talks to resolve the border row amicably.