Assam-Mizoram border row: Deployment of central forces begins

Tension had been prevailing along the Assam-Mizoram border since last month.
Assam-Mizoram border row: Deployment of central forces begins
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GUWAHATI

Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua on Wednesday said that central forces are soon arriving in the state for deployment along the interstate border with Mizoram.

After the forces arrive “in a day or two”, they would be deployed along the border areas in Cachar and Karimganj districts, Barua told reporters. “When the forces come, there will be peace on both sides (of the border),” he added.

The chief secretary directed the Cachar and Karimganj district administration authorities to maintain constant vigil along the interstate border with Mizoram at Lailapur and Medlicherra to "thwart the sinister design of certain forces to disturb peace in the area."

The Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta reviewed the law and order, along the interstate border with Mizoram, with the Deputy Commissioners, SPs, DIG southern range, IGP, DFOs and other officials.

The chief secretary said that they had come here, as per instructions of the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, to assess the law and order and to meet the kin of the victim who "died at the hands of miscreants on the other side of the border."

An ex gratia of ₹ 5 lakh was handed over to the kin of the victim, he said. "I am concerned that an innocent life was lost, possibly due to the handiwork of miscreants. We would like to have a detailed inquiry into it," Barua said.

Tension had been prevailing along the Assam-Mizoram border since last month, after several dwelling units were damaged by miscreants, following which talks were held between the officials of the two states.(PTI)

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