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Assam Police foils Mizo organizations� bid to encroach State land

By Correspondent

HAILAKANDI, March 9 - The Assam Police on Thursday afternoon foiled the bid of about 50 members of Young Mizo Association (YMA) and Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) to enter Assam land allegedly in Kachurthal area of Hailakandi district. It may be mentioned here that some restrictions were imposed under Section 144 of CrPC as precautionary measure in the area by the Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi.

All the top civil and police officials were stationed at Kachurthal on Thursday following the threat of both the organizations to reconstruct the waiting shed. Police resorted to lathicharge when they failed to stop them at the border. A senior police official said that the situation in the border is now normal and under control but the security personnel have been deployed in the border. It is learnt that a mediaperson of Mizoram was also injured in the lathicharge.

It may be mentioned here that tension mounted in Assam-Mizoram border last week after the construction of a waiting shed at Kachurthal of Assam in the border allegedly by people from Mizoram. Assam Police destroyed it and a temporary police check post was constructed but it was also damaged by Mizoram people. Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan visited the area on Tuesday and took stock of the situation.

Later, the Deputy Commissioner had a telephonic discussion with the Deputy Commissioner of Kolasib district of Mizoram, R Zarzosanga and brought to his notice the attempts made by some organizations from Mizoram to erect structures in Kachurthal area within Assam�s territory.

Khan while seeking the cooperation of his counterpart in maintaining status quo along the inter-State border, invited him for discussion to sort out any differences related to the inter-State boundary amicably. At the same time, Khan cautioned his counterpart that �any effort of planned encroachment may lead to serious law-and-order problem on both the sides.�

Khan thanked Zarzosanga for giving a patient hearing and for his assurance of looking into the matter in right earnest. Khan also dashed off a letter to his Mizoram counterpart requesting him to �ensure that no individual or organization take law into their hands and create tension among the people of these two States which have been cohabiting peacefully for many years.�

The MLA of Katlicherra, Suzam Uddin Laskar sought the intervention of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the issue of land dispute. After visiting the site, Laskar alleged that about 2000 hectares of land of Assam has been encroached by the members of Young Mizo Association (YMA), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) etc., organizations.

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