HAILAKANDI, July 16 � The Hailakandi district committee of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has threatened to launch a vigorous movement throughout the district if the Assam-Mizoram border is not sealed within next three months. In a memorandum submitted to the Border Areas Development Minister, Siddeque Ahmed, the president of the committee, Choudhury Charan Goud alleged that the people of Mizoram have encroached on 11,000 hectares of the State land and the State Government has not taken any initiative to counter this.
Attacking PHE Minister Gautam Roy for not taking any action against the alleged Mizo aggression when he held the portfolio of Border Areas Development, Goud, in the memorandum, sought immediate intervention of the new minister. The KMSS unit further alleged that the entire Assam-Mizoram border area falls under the Katlicherra constituency of Hailakandi and despite representing the constituency, minister Gautam Roy did not take any step to solve the border problem.
The memorandum alleged that the Mizo aggression along the border started in the early part of the 1990s and at present the situation has worsened. The people living in Assam land are facing extreme uncertainty and fear psychosis has gripped the entire area due to the repeated attacks on them by the Mizos. The Mizo people are targeting the agricultural land and taking away fruits, vegetables and other produce of peasants of the State. Firing and torture by the Mizo people with the help of police still continue in the inaccessible hilly terrain in southern Hailakandi, the memorandum alleged. The memorandum said that 1,000 hectares of land have been encroached on by the Mizos in the Kachurthal area while other 10,000 hectares of land have been encroached on in Choto Jamira, Khajurai, Riflemarra, Dhalcherra and other villages.
The KMSS unit elaborately mentioned the series of incidents on the border and urged the minister to take action in this regard immediately and seal the border.