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Mizoram CM seeks Rajnath Singh's intervention in border dispute

Press Trust of India  |  Aizawl 

today wrote to seeking his intervention in the Mizoram-border dispute so that peace is restored at the earliest, an said.

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

The in the letter described the alleged firing by the Police on youths as "unfortunate and uncalled for", Sailo said.

said that there had been border disputes with like other such instances with neighbouring states which sometimes culminated into violent clashes causing hardships especially to those in the fringe areas.

Chief secretaries of the two states had held talks on the border dispute in 1995-96 and it was then decided that the talks should be taken up at the chief ministers' level, he said.

"Unfortunately, the chief minister of Assam declined," Lal Thanhawla said.

The legislature party last night passed a resolution to send state police personnel to occupy the land at Zophai area near the Mizoram-Assam border town of Bairabi, a said.

Protestors from the Mizoram had clashed with the Assam Police in Bairabi, he said.

Members of the meeting chaired by Lal Thanhawla, who is also the CLP leader, felt that the Zirlai Pawl (MZP) or Students Federation should be allowed to build a guest house on the land belonging to the first chief minister of Mizoram Ch Chhunga, the said.

The land was donated to the student organisation by his widow, he said.

The had alleged on Saturday that a Mizo student was injured in firing by the Assam Police at Zopui in district.

The Assam Police had denied the charge and claimed that the Mizo students were pushed back when they tried to intrude into the state.

The administration of in Assam had clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC on March 7 in certain pockets of the district apprehending encroachment attempts from the Mizoram side.

Meanwhile, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), the apex Mizo student body and other student organisations today organised rallies across Mizoram to protest the alleged firing and lathi-charge by Assam Police on the students, a MZP said.

In Aizawl, the protesters demanded the resignation of the accusing Lal Thanhawla of ''sleeping'' while the was ''encroaching on Mizo territory in near district by constructing schools and police outposts''.

MZP leaders and activists have been camping in the area to construct a rest house to be called 'Zofate Chawlhbuk' on the land donated by Ch Chhunga's widow to the student organisation, the leader said.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 22:40 IST