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Assam govt taking initiatives to defuse border tension: Patowary

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

The government is taking initiatives to defuse tension and maintain peace on the state's border with Mizoram, state Parliamentary Affairs Patowary said in the Assembly today.

He also said was himself monitoring the situation on the Assam-border.

Tension prevailed when Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), a student's body, tried to construct a rest house on National Highway-154 at Kachurthal area in Assam's district near the interstate border on February 27.

Describing the incident as "politically motivated", Patowary alleged, "There are political interests behind all these incidents. Some are trying to create tension between and for gains with political motivation".

Replying to a discussion on the border area disturbances with during the Zero Hour, Patowary informed the House that the was taking all initiatives to minimise the tension and maintain peace.

He said the was alert and had deployed sufficient force there. Senior police officers along with and SDO were also stationed there, he said.

Patowary said that wanted cordial relations with all neighbouring states and expected others to reciprocate.

He said that Assam did not have serious border issues with Mizoram, unlike Nagaland, and

The said Sonowal had discussion the matter with his Mizoram counterpart, Lal Thanhawla, and which was followed by talks with the and at the local level to defuse the tension.

Earlier, the of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia requested the to send an all-party delegation to the area to assess the situation and try to bring peace.

Rejecting the proposal, Patowary said, "Two Mizoram MLAs were there when the tension prevailed. We should not do anything at this moment that may lead to worsening of the situation."


MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha requested the to hold a tripartite meeting of Assam, Mizoram and the Centre to find out a permanent solution to the problem.

Thanhawla had yesterday written to the seeking his intervention in the Mizoram-Assam border dispute for restoration of peace at the earliest, an had said.

He had requested Singh to intervene for the resumption of border talks at the earliest, to the L R Sailo had said.

Thanhawla had said the MZP should be allowed to build a guest house on the land belonging to the first of Mizoram, Ch Chhunga. The land was donated to the student organisation by his widow, he had said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 15:40 IST
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